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Most people think of tea as a comforting beverage to have during cold days and nights to alleviate symptoms of colds and treat sore throats. But your favorite tea leaves have much more to offer than that. One of the smartest ways to use tea is in your cooking. Cooking with tea might sound a little odd to you but it is actually one of the most brilliant ways to give to your cooking some special character, adding extra fragrance and flavor.
There are tons of ways you could cook with tea but one of the things you MUST TRY is poaching fruit in it. Seriously, that makes a perfect treat, light and healthy too, and ridiculously easy to prepare. Add some spices, oranges, sweet honey and throw that on skyr and you have a delightful dessert! The difference in this amazing recipe makes of course the green tea and the saffron, a powerful herb that adds a unique taste to everything it is added to.
Green Tea Honey Saffron Poached Pears On Skyr
- 1 organic orange, cut into slices
- 400ml green tea steeped (I suggest you use gunpowder or jasmine green tea)
- 100g raw honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 star anise
- Pinch of saffron (try Spanish saffron)
- 4 pears, peeled
- 200g skyr
- 60g chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Put the green tea, orange slices, cinnamon stick, star anise, honey and saffron in a large saucepan and heat over medium heat.
- Once the liquid has started to boil, reduce the heat and place the peeled pears into the saucepan. Depending on the size of your pears poach the fruit for 15 – 20 minutes, turning every so often so that the pears take on an even color from the saffron. Once the pears have softened, remove from the heat and allow to cool and steep. Overnight steeping is recommended as the pears really take on a lovely flavor from the poaching liquid.
- Divide the skyr into 4 bowls, scatter with walnuts and chia seeds then place a pear on top. Drizzle a tablespoon or more of the poaching honey saffron liquid over the pear and the skyr.
You can sweeten the skyr with some honey.
You could also experiment with other spices such as cardamom or cloves.
What is you opinion on this recipe?