Here is a twist on the normal poached pears recipe. Instead of using red wine which makes those stunning red pear jewels, here I use sake to infuse a different flavour and keeps the pears a natural colour. In this recipe I used a bit of orange zest, and cinnamon for the added flavour notes. You can add alternative spices like ginge, star anise or cardamon if you fancy. I just didn’t want to overpower the sake flavour.
For this recipe, I used Gekkeikan Sake which is a premium sake from the Japan Centre. This is from a family run sake brewery that has a royal warrant and has been making sake for hundreds of years. This sake is great for drinking but is also great to use in recipes too. I used it in this Chinese Steamed Fish recipe too.
If you have never cooked with sake, give it a go.
Sake Poached Pears
- pears peeled
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1 cinnamon steak
- zest of one orange
- vanilla extract optional
- some honey for drizzling
- some organic full fat yoghurt
- Put the liquids in a pot and bring to boil.
- Put in the peeled pears and simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes, depending on the ripeness.
- When ready, remove carefully and set aside to cool.
- With the remaining liquid in the pot, heat on high to reduce the liquid to a syrup.
- To serve place a spoonful of yoghurt sweetened with honey.
- Place pear on top, add one spoonful of syrup and zest some orange on top, drizzle some more honey on top.
- Serve and enjoy with a glass of dessert wine or sparkling sake.