Take dessert to the next level with these warm Vanilla Jasmine poached pears

Michelle Nguyen - Feb. 24, 2022

Author: Layla Osberg

My husband jokingly calls me the green tea queen because I’m always trying to get people to drink green tea. There are so many health benefits, I tell them lovingly.

Truth is, I don’t drink enough myself! I would like to add more green tea to my routine by not only sipping throughout the day but also by adding it to a recipe.

I recently brought home Murchie’s seasonal Vanilla Jasmine loose leaf tea. This tea is evocative of springtime with its grassy and floral aroma and the warm sweetness of vanilla - just perfect for this transitional time of year. And just right for this poached pear recipe that I thought to do while browsing the fruit aisle at my local market for inspiration. The Jasmine adds an intriguing flavour to the pears that would go wonderfully with a dollop of yogurt or vanilla ice cream.

3 tablespoons Vanilla Jasmine green tea leaves

3 cups cold water

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 (1 inch piece) thinly sliced ginger 

3 firm pears, peeled, halved lengthwise and cored. I left the stems on and quartered the pears lengthwise to serve, but they could be sliced thinner while cooking for more tender results.


Step 1 Place tea in a glass measuring cup or a teapot. Bring 2 cups water to a boil, and pour over tea. Steep for 4 minutes.

Step 2 Strain tea into a medium pot. Stir in sugar, ginger and remaining 1 cup water. Gently simmer, stirring, until sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes.

Step 3 Add pears to pot. Cook, adjusting heat so that steam rises from surface but no bubbles appear, until pears are slightly translucent and just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, divide pears among bowls, and let cool slightly.

Step 4 Return liquid to a gentle simmer. Cook until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Pour over pears. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Pears can be refrigerated in syrup for up to 2 days.

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