Poached Pear and Vanilla Tart

Spiced Poached Pear  Tart

Spiced Poached Pear Tart

Easy to prepare and just delicious to gobble up, especially with some Vanilla ice cream.

You need
1. Pie crust (you can bake your own, or use a pre-made one). I make mine from scratch
2. 3 ripe pears (but firm)
3. Poaching paper
4. Spice: you can use Cinnamon, Cloves or even Vanilla pod. I used the former. Just a small stick of cinnamon and 3-4 cloves.
5. Sugar
6. Honey
7. Dash of Lime

To poach the pears, peel them and core them ideally. If you cant, just slice them into half along the length, and carefully remove the core retaining as much of the pear half as possible. Now you need a large pan, filled with water and pop your spices in there. Add a dash of lime and honey and then balance it with some sugar. You can control the sugar by using honey, if you like. When its at the boil, place the pear halves carefully and cover with poaching paper. You can do without it also but make sure the pear halves are submerged in the water. Simmer for about 30 min or till when you can poke a toothpick into the pear without applying pressure – but watch out that you don’t over-poach it and get it soggy and crumbly.

Spoon out the pear halves and allow to cool. Turn the heat on high for the rest of the water, if you used sugar. What I did is made this into a thick syrup and used it to glaze my tart! You can give this a miss as well. Upto you

Now get the crust out and slice pears into that. Be aware that the ‘look’ depends on how you slice them up. Pour the thickened syrup and allow to cool.
Serve warm or cold – but goes really well with some plain vanilla ice cream!

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