Breakfast, my favorite meal. Maybe brunch more so as I always seem to start with coffee and then it takes me a bit of time to get to the breakfast portion of my day.
I made this breakfast for a cook-off that some friends and I have been running for five years, almost six now. Sadly since I’ve moved away from Vancouver I rarely get to take part in the competition anymore but a few months back I entered the cooking with tea cook-off as a lover of tea who wanted to win as I lost this competition a year earlier by one point!
Currently the pear tree in my yard is bursting with my favorite fruit! Time to poach pears. Some poach pears in wine for an evening dessert but I enjoy tea poached pears for breakfast or any time of the day really.
To poach pears you will need tea, you can use tea bags (about five) or 6-7 teaspoons of loose black tea. I like to add lavender to my tea for added floral flavor. Steep the tea in 1 litre of boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain out the tea and place in a pot with up to a 1/4 cup of sugar (or less, depends on how sweet you want it) and bring to a simmer over medium/high heat. Add the pears that have been cored and sliced into 6-8 wedges. Lower the heat to medium/low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the pears and you’re done!
I use these in tarts, in oatmeal (as viewed above), or I eat them on their own. They are delectable and a perfect autumn treat.