Chai-Poached Pears with Vanilla Ice Cream

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Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.” If you are lucky enough to come across some pears in that precious timeframe, here is a way to prepare them that will knock your socks off.

Ingredients

2 tsp Railway Chai

1 cup Port (or Salt Spring Vineyards Blackberry Port)

2 TBL honey

2 perfect pears, peeled and halved

Good vanilla ice cream

Instructions

1

Crush the Railway Chai spices slightly in a mortar and pestle.

2

Put port and Chai spices into a small sauce pan. Bring to boil. Lower heat to simmer. Leave uncovered about 5 minutes until reduced by half.

3

Strain out the Chai spices. Return port to sauce pan, add the honey and stir.

4

Add the pears and poach for 3-4 minutes or until desired consistency.

5

When done, place pears in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, spoon Chai port on top.