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Chai Poached Pears

This classy dessert is a healthy crowd-pleaser for any occasion.
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Looking for a simple, healthy dessert for Thanksgiving this year? These chai poached pears are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal! They are sweet and bold in flavor, and a classy treat when you're trying to impress your guests. Plus, they're incredibly easy to make!

Recipe courtesy of Celebrations by Danielle Walker.

Serves 6


8 cups water
8 black tea bags
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
2 whole star anise
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 ripe but firm Bosc pears
Whipped cream
2 Tbsp raw pistachios, lightly toasted and chopped

How to Make It

  1. Combine the water, tea bags, maple syrup, coconut sugar, cinnamon stick, pumpkin pie spice, star anise, and vanilla extract in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Steep over low heat for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, then return the liquid to the pan.
  3. Peel the pears and core them from the bottom, leaving the top stem intact. Place them in the pot and bring the tea back to a low boil.
  4. Poach the pears over medium-low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, until tender. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pears from the cooking liquid and place them in servings bowls. Increase the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced to a syrup.
  5. Spoon the syrup over the pears and into the bottom of the bowls. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted pistachios.

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