Poaching fruit in some kind of other fruit juice makes for a succulent, flavourful treat. Pears have a texture that holds up well and is transformed perfectly by poaching. They become extra sweet and velvety, plus they are neutral enough to take on other flavours well. I like to use bartlett pears that are just starting to soften, they should press in slightly to touch with a bit of pressure, but any variety can be nice. In the winter I usually choose orange juice, but as summer transitions into autumn there are still many juicy fruits available that can be juiced into a decadent poaching liquid. Giant freestone peaches are one of my favourites and they can produce nearly a full cup of juice per fruit. The only downside is that you need a good juicer to extract the juice, if one isn’t available then freshly squeezed orange juice is always a sturdy fallback option- it can be squeezed completely by hand or with a citrus press.Here I paired the poached pears with a really simple chia pudding but they are also very complimentary to oatmeal or yogurt bowls. To make this extra filling a handful of granola, nuts or seeds could be sprinkled over the chia pudding but chia pudding is always surprising satiating.
- 2 pears, sliced (around 6 slices each)
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla cashew milk (or any preferred variety)
- 1 cup fresh peach juice (from 1 large or 2 medium peaches)
- ⅔ cup chia seeds
- Place the milk in a medium sized bowl and whisk in the chia seeds. Let them plump up for around 20 minutes, but give it another stir around 10-15 minutes in to make sure the seeds aren't clumping. When there is around 10 minutes left for the chia pudding, pour the peach juice into a large skillet and place on the stove over medium heat. Leave for 2-3 minutes until the juice warms up.
- Add in the pear slices and leave for 5 minutes. Flip and leave them in the pan for another 3 minutes, until they are softened through and the peach juice has thickened and reduced down almost all the way.
- Remove the pears from the heat.
- Portion out the chia seed pudding into bowls or jars. If serving right away- place a few slices of pear over the pudding. If meal prepping for later- store the pudding and pears in separate containers then plate together when serving.
- Both components can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a couple days.