A great surprising twist on a classic pear dessert.
3 cups water
5 tsp Jasmine Green Tea
1 small piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
¼ cup white sugar
Juice and zest of one lime
2 perfect pears, peeled and halved
Vanilla ice cream to serve
Black sesame seeds to garnish
Bring water to a boil. Add Jasmine Green Tea, cover and remove from heat. Let steep 3-5 minutes.
Strain brewed tea into a small saucepan. Add ginger, sugar and lime zest (hold the juice). Stir well until sugar dissolves.
Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Arrange pear halves cut side down in the syrup, all touching the bottom of the pan. Poach for 3-5 minutes or until desired tenderness. Spoon frequently with poaching liquid during cooking.
Take the pears out carefully. Strain the liquid, return to pot and further reduce to a thick syrup. Add lime juice and take off heat.
Place 1 or 2 pear halves in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, spoon Jasmine green tea syrup on top.
Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.