I have been sitting on this post (well, some part of it) for the past 3 days! I had put together my recipe, cooked and photographed it and we’ve finished eating the poached pears but they’re making it to the blog only today.
All because I just couldn’t come up with some matter for a post! I’ve been staring at the computer, with my fingers on the keys trying to get going but I wasn’t able to even put together one good sentence. I even complained on Facebook, which is a good place to find support from bloggers/ friends who know you’re saying, that perhaps I should just say, “”I made this and here’s the recipe”
Then Nicolevery helpfully chimed in saying if I added, “And now you can make it too”, I would have 2 sentences for a post! Now you know what I mean about the support from like-minded friends. :D.
Even though I now had two sentences, and there’s nothing wrong with that either, it’s just not the way I usually write my blog posts. This was a post meant to be about Poached Pears, so let’s leave this behind and get on with that.
I have mentioned, somewhere on another post, that July, August and September and the months of anniversary celebrations for us. Three birth anniversaries (birthdays are really anniversaries) and a wedding anniversary all happen at this time. Akshaya’s birthday, memorable in more ways than one, was last month and I shall eventually get around to blogging that cake.
August is the month when we celebrate our wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday, within four days of each other. We’ve so far celebrated nineteen anniversaries (including this one), and I just don’t know where the years have gone. In the words of Gene Perret (my husband’s says the same but in different words, and I’m sure he’s not seen Gene Perret’s quote), “Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day”
Somehow, when it comes to anniversaries, there’s a natural trend towards things chocolate, or rather rich and heavy desserts. I’ve been that way too in the past, especially as my husband has one of the sweetest tooths I know (should I say teeth even if it sounds piranha-esque?). In the past few years however, I find myself leaning towards lighter and less sugary desserts, and its not just because that would be what the doctor ordered. My taste buds seem to dislike an overload of anything.
After much thought and virtual discussions with friends, I finally decided on Poached Pears for dessert. It’s an easy enough thing to poach pears yet I’ve never done it before. For one thing, I’ve been seeing affordable pears at the local market only for the past 4 years or so. They’re still a bit expensive, especially the imported varieties we now get all the year around.
One needs slightly firm pears to poach, and the only firm ones available here right now is a local variety which are a bit grainy. The pears themselves are great, just not the best (but good enough) for poaching. We’re teetotallers so no alcohol in the house, so I poached my pears in a mixture of apple and orange juice. If you would like to replicate the red stain that comes from poaching in red wine, you could use pomegranate and red grape juices.
I had planned on poaching the pears whole, but then found a couple of the pears slightly bruised. So I went ahead and sliced them instead. I spiced my poaching liquid a bit with cinnamon and star anise, and after the poaching was done I reduced it to make a sauce/ syrup to serve on the side. I also decided to make the healthy dish a little rich with a ricotta cream spiced with cardamom to serve with the pears.
If you’re not too worried about the calories, then you can also explore alternatives like serving the poached pears with sweetened whipped cream, ice-cream, chocolate sauce, etc.
About the ricotta for the spiced cream (below in the ingredient list) – I don’t get ricotta here so I substitute home-made paneer which has been well drained but hasn’t been pressed into shape. This is soft enough for me to beat/ blend into a cream. Other wise use store bought paneer cubes and blend it with a little warm milk to a smooth paste. And if you have ricotta, then you’ve got to use that of course!
Pears Poaced In Apple Juice With Cardamom Spiced Ricotta Cream