I always thought poached pears were a little bit fancy and complicated to make but I was wrong! Poached pears would have to be one of the easiest desserts you could make. What’s great about poached pears is that you can get really creative in terms of flavours you choose to add to your poaching liquid. These humble and delectable poached pears have been poached in coconut water, honey and steeped chocolate tea.
Since last Christmas I have been wanting to poach a couple of pears in coconut water and I finally achieved this goal. I mentioned earlier that I felt poached pears were a little fancy for an everyday dessert because you always see recipes for poached pears that their poaching liquid has been in a variety of wines. I decided to experiment with a non-alcoholic version that always offers many health benefits. Coconut water has been my number one poaching liquid that i’ve been wanting to use for a long time and it worked like an absolute gem! To make things 10x better you’ll be steeping chocolate tea bags in your poaching liquid, awesome right?!
I needed to get creative with the chocolate sauce as i unfortunately didn’t have any coconut cream on hand. Did you know you can make a simple chocolate sauce with just 2 ingredients? Almond milk and chocolate! You can of course use any non-dairy milk for your chocolate sauce. Hot tip: leave chocolate sauce in serving jug for 5-10 minutes to allow it to thicken into a velvety chocolate sauce!
- 1½ cups boiling water
- 2-3 chocolate tea bags*
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 ripe Bosc pears, peeled
- 3 - 3½ cups Cocobella Coconut water**
- Chocolate Sauce
- 150ml almond milk
- 150g dark cooking chocolate***
- Pour 1½ cups boiling water into a large pot and place tea bags in to steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove tea bags, squeezing them to release extra liquid.
- Stir in honey.
- Add pears, pour coconut water over pears to barely cover. Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, turn heat down and bring water to a simmer.
- Poach pears, covered, for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
- Meanwhile, begin chocolate sauce.
- In a double boiler over medium heat, melt together milk and chocolate until smooth and shiny.
- Pour into serving jug, set aside.
- Once pears are tender, remove them with a slotted spoon.
- Place them in serving bowls.
- Drizzle a little of the poaching liquid over pears.
- Pour chocolate sauce over pears and serve immediately.
*I used T2 Cocoa Loco loose leaf tea and placed the tea leaves in 2 tea strainers to steep it in the boiling water. Use more tea for a stronger flavour.
**Depending on the size of your pot you will be poaching your pears in, add enough coconut water to just barely cover the pears.
***Use vegan dark chocolate for a complete vegan recipe.