If you’re looking for a healthy, but satisfying dessert, hibiscus poached pears are a great way to treat yourself to something sweet. They’re sure to impress your guests as they’re a different take on dessert—dessert doesn’t always have to be cake or cookies.
- 8 medium ripe but very firm pears
- 1 3-inch long knob fresh ginger, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- 10 hibiscus tea bags
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 6 cups water
- 8 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 5 strips orange zest, about 3 inches long
- 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup brown or granulated sugar
- Start by peeling and cutting the pears in half, lengthwise. Take out the blossom end and core of each one.
- Get a pot and mix the tea bags, water, ginger, sugar, orange zest, cinnamon. Wait for the water to start simmering on high heat, then once it does take the pot away from the heat.
- Drop the pears into the pot and add more water if needed. The pear halves should be almost completely covered.
- Turn the heat to medium-high, then wait for the liquid to start boiling.
- Once it does, reduce the heat and add a lid to the pot. Let the liquid simmer for 15 to 25 minutes.
- Take them out of the pot and strain the liquid. Transfer the liquid back to the pot and wait for it to simmer.
- When it reaches to around 1 cup it will look like syrup and you can serve the hibiscus poached pears together with it, the vanilla ice cream, and sesame seeds.