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    Masala chai poached pears

    • Vegetarian
    • Gluten Free
    • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus cooling
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes
    • Total time: 30 minutes, plus cooling

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    6 cardamom pods, cracked
    2 slices fresh root ginger
    1 cinnamon stick
    1 tsp fennel seeds
    100g golden caster sugar
    2 tbsp darjeeling loose leaf tea
    4 comice, green williams or conference pears

    Method

    1 Put the cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, fennel seeds, sugar and tea leaves in a medium saucepan with 1 litre just-boiled water; bring back to a simmer.

    2 Peel the pears, add to the pan (topping up with more hot water, if needed, to cover) and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, until tender. Leave to cool in the liquid for 30 minutes, then remove the pears and set aside. Pour the liquid through a sieve, discard the aromatics, and return to the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce until lightly syrupy. Serve the pears warm or chilled, with a little of the chai liquid poured over and vanilla ice cream on the side, if liked. SF 

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    This recipe first appeared in the Harvest section of Waitrose Food, October 2016 issue. Download the Waitose Food app for the full issue

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