- 50g golden caster sugar
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- 1 tbsp clear honey
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- 1 tbsp redcurrant or cranberry jelly
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- 2 spiced fruit tea bags (Pukka's 'revitalise' is good, or apple & cinnamon)
- 4 firm pear, peeled, halved and core scooped out with a spoon
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- handful fresh cranberries
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- yogurt or sweetened crème fraîche with a little orange juice or zest, to serve
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Put the sugar, honey, jelly and tea bags into a big saucepan with 600ml water and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the pear halves, then cover and simmer for 12-15 mins until the pears are just tender – poke them with a skewer or the tip of a knife.
Lift out the pears, then turn up the heat, throw in the cranberries and boil for a few mins until syrupy. Discard the tea bags. Serve the pears with the warm syrup poured over and a spoonful of crème fraîche or yogurt.
This recipe works well with plums, too. You could also try using whatever fruit teas you have at home and adding a cinnamon stick and vanilla pod in with the poaching liquid, if you have them.