Thursday, March 31, 2011

Poached Pears with Lemongrass and Lime


Swee Peck made these wonderful pears for us last week. They are the perfect dessert - light and yet so full of flavor.

Poached Pears with Lemongrass and Lime

Ingredients:
  • 1/2-3/4 cup sugar, depending on the sweetness of the pears
  • 1-2 stalks lemongrass, crushed*
  • 4 ripe, but firm pears, peeled, cored and cut into halves
  • 1 lime
Instructions:
  • Put sugar in a saucepan with 2 cups of water and the lemongrass. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer to create a syrup.
  • Add pears, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, until half-tender, turn pears and simmer until just tender. The poaching time will vary depending on the size of the pears and their ripeness.
  • Add the juice of the lime and grate the zest into the pan.
  • Cover and let cool in the syrup until serving.
  • Remove the lemongrass, place pears on dishes, and drizzle syrup over pears.
  • Any leftover syrup is great on a fruit salad.
*To use lemongrass, peel away the tough outer leaves, about one layer, until you reach a more tender inner layer. Cut the lemongrass about halfway down from the top to the bottom, where the inner lemongrass turns tender. Discard the tough upper leaves. Crush the lemongrass with the side of your knife, kitchen mallet or a rolling pin.

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