Chai Spiced Poached Pears



Serving size

1/2 pear with sauce
45 minutes
Chai Spiced Poached Pears


2 cup Water
1 ounce Specialty Spice Spices and Herbs (2 chai tea bags)
2 Tbsp Light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. Ground cinnamon
2 5 slices (1 inch dia) Ginger root, raw (peeled and sliced into rounds)
1 pod star anise
2 medium Pears (peeled)


Gather all ingredients and equipment.

Combine water, tea bags, sugar, ginger slices, star anise, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.

Using a large spoon, lower the pears into the boiling liquid. The liquid should just cover the pears; if it doesn't add more water to just cover them. Reduce heat and simmer pears for 20 minutes or until fork tender.

Remove pears from saucepan and set aside. Discard the tea bags.

Return saucepan with poaching liquid to heat and boil the liquid over high heat until it is the consistency of a thin syrup ~20 minutes. Remember it will thicken a bit as it cools.

Serve 1/2 pear with 1 tsp. syrup and enjoy!

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GERD / Acid Reflux

No specific GERD triggers.


This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

Any pear variety will work but Anjou or Bartlett are best suited to poaching. If your pear is very hard you can still poach it however it may require more than 20 minutes.

You can also try this recipe with other fruit like peaches, apples, apricots, or nectarines. The remaining liquid can be used as a sauce for ice cream and other desserts.

"Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things."

Chaim Potok