I love serving poached pears. Not only are they stunningly pretty but the taste is pretty stunning too.

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Serves 4

You will need:
4 firm pears (I love using Bartlett)
5 bags chai tea
1⁄3 cup whiskey
1 cup sugar
  1. Peel the pears and place them in a large pot.
  2. Add tea, whiskey, and sugar.
  3. Add enough water to just cover the pears.
  4. Bring to boil and let the pears simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let the pears sit in the pot for at least 12 hours in the fridge.
  6. Serve with whipped cream and some of the liquid.


Don't throw away the liquid, use it in fruit salads or as a simple syrup in cocktails.

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