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Green Tea-Poached Pears with Matcha Cream

Winter 2003

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Green tea, delicately flavored with ginger and almond, makes a delightful poaching medium for pears.


Green Tea-Poached Pears with Matcha Cream Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Matcha Cream, (recipe follows)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons green tea leaves, preferably sencha
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 firm, ripe Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted

This recipe calls for:

Preparation

  1. Prepare Matcha Cream.
  2. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a shallow pan or deep skillet. Stir in tea, turn off heat and let steep, covered, for 5 minutes. Pour through a cheesecloth-lined sieve to remove leaves; return tea to the pan.
  3. Add sugar, ginger and almond extract and bring just to a boil. Add pears, cut-side up, and poach over low heat until quite tender when pierced with a wooden skewer. Transfer to a bowl and let the pears cool in the poaching liquid.
  4. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Use a slotted spoon to place two pear halves in each dessert dish. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the poaching liquid over the pears. Serve with a generous dollop of Matcha Cream and garnish with almonds.

Tips & Notes

  • To toast almonds:
  • Heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until the nuts are lightly browned and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.

Nutrition

Per serving: 369 calories; 7 g fat (4 g sat, 2 g mono); 23 mg cholesterol; 94 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 7 g fiber; 56 mg sodium; 408 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 4 1/2

Exchanges: 2 fruit, 1/2 low-fat milk, 3 other carbohydrate, 1 fat


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Recipe Categories

Health & Diet Considerations
High fiber
Gluten free
Low cholesterol
Low sodium
Servings
4
8 or more
Preparation/ Technique
Poach
Meal/Course
Brunch
Dessert
Season
Spring
Fall
Winter
Type of Dish
Desserts, fruit
Ethnic/Regional
Asian
Japanese
Ease of Preparation
Moderate
Publication
Winter 2003

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