Pears Poached in Peach Juice over Chia Pudding

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.

Pears Poached in Peach Juice over Chia Pudding
 
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Serves: 4
INGREDIENTS:
  • 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
DIRECTIONS:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove the pears from the heat.
  4. 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.
  5. Both components can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a couple days.

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