Tea-spiced pears

The dark, smoky flavours of tea and the warm spice of star anise bring out the autumnal sweetness of poached pears.

  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 4
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Tea-spiced pears
  • 1 tablespoon jasmine tea leaves
  • 1/3 cup (75g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 cup (1l) boiling water
  • 4 (720g) pears, peeled, halved, cored
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise


Tea-spiced pears
  • 1
    Stir tea leaves, sugar and water in large heatproof jug until sugar dissolves. Stand 10 minutes. Strain, then discard leaves.
  • 2
    Place pears, strained tea mixture and spices in medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for about 25 minutes or until pears are tender. Transfer pears to serving bowls. Boil syrup, uncovered, until reduced by half.
  • 3
    Serve pears with syrup.


You will need about four jasmine tea bags to get 1 tablespoon of tea leaves.

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