This spicy fall recipe is perfect for the changing weather. It is easily dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. It makes for an amazing dinner party dessert but it is also great the next day for a breakfast parfait or just as a snack if you pull back on the spicy honey topping and alternate the poached pears, granola, and coconut yogurt. You have to try these Chai Poached Pears with Spicy Orange-Habanero Sauce and Homemade Granola!
Chai Poached Pears with Spicy Orange-Habanero Sauce and Homemade Granola [Vegan]
- 8 bags Chai tea
- 1 1/4 cups Brown sugar (divided)
- 1/2 cup Vegan honey
- 8 Bosc pears, halved and seeds removed
- 2 Medium oranges and their rind
- 1 pinch Habanero flakes
- 3 cloves
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon (divided)
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)
- 1 cup coconut yogurt
- 2 cups rolled oat flakes
- 1 cup walnuts (divided), chopped
- 1 cup pecans (divided), chopped
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Vegan Orange-Habanero Sauce:
- In a small saucepan on medium heat, mix together ½ cup of the brown sugar, vegan honey, habanero flakes, juice and zest of an orange, cloves, ½ tsp cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Once it starts to boil reduce to a very low simmer.
- After about 5-10 minutes, take off the heat. Allow honey to cool for at about 10 minutes.
For the Granola:
- Meanwhile place ¾ cup of walnuts, ¾ cup pecans, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 ½ tsp cinnamon, and pinch of salt in a food processor. Pulse for 15-20 seconds until it finely ground.
- Melt the coconut oil in a skillet heated to medium-high. Add remaining walnuts and the oats, then toast stirring frequently for one minute.
- Add the ground nut mixture and mix until combined. Allow to toast until the sugar begins to melt. Stir in the vanilla and the honey. Remove from heat and allow to cool in the skillet, mixing a couple times as it cools.
- Take the Orange Habanero Honey drizzle off the heat. Allow vegan honey to cool for about 10 minutes.
For the Poached Pears:
- Cut the pears in half length wise, then remove the seeds and core with a small spoon.
- Meanwhile, bring water to a boil. Add tea bags and let brew for 8 mins. Remove tea bags and discard. Add ¼ cup brown sugar and stir.
- Add pears to boiling tea/water, reduce heat and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Gently rotate pears with a spoon(pears will be soft – you don't want to puncture the skin) and continue to simmer another 15 minutes. For a stronger spice flavour, leave pears soaking for another 10-15 minutes with the heat off.