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Rooibos Chai Poached Pears with Cardamom Cashew Cream by Annaliisa Kapp
These heavenly poached pears are such a treat! My favourite thing about this recipe is that it provides us with an amazing dessert that doesn't leave my top button popping off. So good!
  1. Place cashews into a bowl with 2 cups of room temperature water. Allow to soak for at least 20 minutes but no longer than 2 hours (the nuts will turn gray if soaked for too long).
  2. Bring water to a boil and add tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes, then remove tea bags, squeezing any extra water out of the tea bags. Add coconut sugar and mix well. Bring water back to a simmer.
  3. Peel pears, then cut in half and remove core with a small spoon or melon baller if you have one.
  4. Place pears in tea mixture making sure they are all submerged. Poach pears for 15-20 minutes, keeping the liquid at a simmer. (Simmering time depends on type of pear and how ripe the pears are).
  5. Meanwhile, drain and rinse cashews. Place cashews into a blender along with honey, orange juice and zest, vanilla extract, 1⁄8 tsp cardamom and sea salt. Blend until very smooth. If you don’t have a high speed blender, you may have to add 1-2 tablespoons of water to get the mixture moving in the blender.
  6. To serve, scoop pears out of the tea mixture and put on individual serving dishes. Pour some cashew cream on top and sprinkle with cranberries.