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Spicy Chai Poached Pears

These beautiful pears are a sweet ending to a holiday meal. Bigelow has added the flavor of Spiced Chai Tea to add to the aroma.

25 Minutes
Serves 4


  • 12 Bigelow® Spiced Chai Tea Bags
  • 8 cups (2L) boiling water
  • 2 cups (500mL) sugar
  • 4 pears, peeled and cored
  • 1 cup (250mL) mascarpone cheese
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish
  • Zest of orange


Over medium heat, add boiling water to large saucepan. Add Bigelow® Spiced Chai tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Add sugar, bring mixture to under a boil, once sugar has dissolved, add pears. Reduce to a simmer and poach pears for 15-20 minutes until soft. Reserve liquid and cool to room temperature. Mix cheese, vanilla, heavy cream and honey together. Thin mixture with 3 tablespoons of the reserved liquid. Place 1 cup of the reserved liquid and orange zest in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce liquid to ⅔ of a cup. To serve place 2 tablespoons liquid mixture on each plate, place a pear on top and drizzle with cheese sauce. Garnish with mint leaves.

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