teamed in tea with warming ginger and Asian spices, this is almost like a Chinese tong sui, or sweet soup, and really feels as if it is doing you good. It’s a great example of how to use your steamer for things other than veggies – but if you don’t have a steamer, just simmer the pears in a pan. Unexpected bonus: it makes the kitchen smell divine. If you like glace ginger, scatter some on top when you serve.
- 1 tbsp jasmine tea leaves
- 150 g unrefined brown sugar
- 4 pears
- 2 slices fresh ginger
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise1 tbsp goji berries (optional)
- Pour 1 litre of boiling water over the tea leaves and sugar in a bowl, stirring, then leave for 10 minutes.
- Set your steamer going on high.
- Peel the pears, cut in half and scoop out the cores. Place in a heatproof bowl and strain the tea over the pears. Add the ginger, cinnamon stick, star anise and goji berries.
- Steam for 20 minutes or until the pears are tender.
- Strain the tea into a pan and boil until reduced by half. Serve the pears, warm or cold, with the syrup.