In season, poached pears are a favorite breakfast side dish for my family. It takes just a few moment to quarter and seed the pears then set them in a gentle, slow simmer. On the stove top, they steep in their own sweetness with just a kiss of honey or maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg, while we get ready for work or school–and the scent is killer.
Though there are winter varieties of pears, many of the commercial crops are heavy and sweet and soften very quickly making them difficult to store over the winter–and once pears start to soften you need to use them quickly. Poaching will also bring brightness to dull flavored pears. Poach extra pears and let them brood in the fridge in their own syrup. Pull them back out and gently reheat to serve with granola or a spiced cake.
Quarter and seed the pears. Cut out any bruised or damaged parts of the fruit. I leave the peel on my fruit unless it's not organic.
Simmer the pears
In mediums size pan, bring water to boil then reduce heat to low. Add in pear, cinnamon stick, nutmeg and drizzle with a little maple syrup, if desired. Either use a piece of parchment paper cut to fit the pan or use a lid that slightly off set to allow the liquid to reduce.
Don't let the word scare you. For the best flavor, simmer the pears gently for 20-30 minutes allowing the liquid to reduce down and make a simple syrup.
Serve the pears on their own or with a little cream and fresh nuts.
Thoroughly whisk maple syrup and cardamon into the cream. That's it...it's just a schlag (sweetened cream).
Healing energetics: Pears nourish Lung Yin and help relieve the dryness that often crops up in Autumn. The cream is also Yin nourishing and the nuts provide protein and warmth. All of the spices in this recipe are warming pungents that nourish the core, aid digestion and drain dampness.
Diplomate, Asian Bodywork Therapy (Dipl. ABT NCCAOM)
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I have been practicing and teaching since 1994. I maintain my private therapy practice at Pulse Holistic Health offer Amma Therapy, Holistic Nutrition therapy sessions and classes for the public. In 2016, I started teaching Amma therapy apprentices again. I write regularly and offer classes in continuing education and for the public.