Brazil and Japan share a long relationship, and the Japanese influence can be noticed anywhere in Brazil, but it is more evident in the states of Sao Paulo and Parana, where the first immigrants arrived, and where I come from.
This post contributes to an event created by Akemi, a Brazilian blogging from Japan. The idea of this event is to showcase dishes that use Japanese ingredients.
I chose those pears that are poached in green tea. The Japanese have been drinking green tea for centuries. Here in the Western world, we just recently discovered the wonders of this tea.
This recipe is easy and you are likely to have most ingredients at home. I just had to get pears. The green tea syrup is really nice, very sweet and the good news is that there is about a cup of if left over, so you can use it later over ice cream, fruits, etc....
The pistachio brittle is optional, but it makes a nice presentation and add a new level of texture to the dish.
Green Tea Poached Pears Recipe:
adapted from here
12 tea bags of Green Tea
1 cup sugar
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
2 3-inch-by-1/2-inch strips orange peel
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
4 firm but ripe Bosc pears
Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Cut out a parchment-paper circle the diameter of your saucepan; set aside. Add tea bags to boiling water, remove saucepan from heat, and let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing excess liquid into the saucepan, and discard. Add sugar, ginger, orange peel, vanilla pod and seeds to the tea; stir to dissolve sugar. Bring tea mixture to a simmer over medium high heat; cook 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel pears, leaving stems intact. Using a melon baller, scoop out the seeds and core from the bottom of each pear. Add pears to saucepan; reduce heat maintaining a gentle simmer. Cover pears with the parchment-paper circle to keep them submerged. Cook until just tender, about 20 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, remove pears. Strain cooking liquid; discard solids. Return cooking liquid to saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 1 cup, about 30 minutes.
Pistachio Brittle Recipe:
- Nonstick vegetable cooking spray
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped, raw, shelled pistachios
Combine sugar, honey, and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
Bring to a boil without stirring, and cook until deep golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour onto prepared baking sheet. Immediately sprinkle evenly with pistachios and salt. Let cool completely.
Break into pieces as desired.