Tea poached pears with crème fraîche

 
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The recipe for these tea poached pears are something I developed for Camille Style's Entertaining With series. They smell like fall, and the sweetness of the honey is balanced out by the tartness of the crème fraîche. Hope you like it!

 

Tea poached pears with crème fraîche (Serves 4)

1 cup black tea (I used ginger peach tea)

1/4 cup honey

6 cardamom pods (lightly crushed)

2 pears

crème fraîche 

 

Combine the tea, honey and cardamom in a pot what will fit the 4 pear halves in one layer but will still be pretty snug. Heat at medium heat until the honey dissolves completely. Place the pear halves with the sliced side down. Increase the heat to medium high and cover with a lid. Once you boil for 15 minutes with the lid on, start checking every few minutes until the liquid becomes thick and viscous while also making sure not to burn it off. Keep heating until the pears look done, it should be slightly brown and soft. If your liquid has mostly boiled off but the pears don't look ready, add more tea. Let them cool and serve with a smear of crème fraîche.