Do you enjoy dessert? That is probably a very crazy question. I don’t think I know anyone who does not.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner. It is the day for sweets and lots of sugar. We are all used to getting a big box of chocolates or cookies from our sweetheart. At times it can be hard to find ways to share your love and appreciation without sugary food.
Following a clean and real food way of eating means no sugar. I will be very honest with you and say that I do my very best, but at times I must use sugar. At those times, I choose organic cane sugar or turbinado sugar.
Sugar is being replaced with honey and maple syrup in my home. For a while, I wasn’t sure how I would be able to use honey and maple syrup in my recipes, but as the months have gone by I am finding it easier to do.
This spiced poached pears dish is such a light dessert that I think we will have it often. It is sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, but clean enough to satisfy my need to cut my sugar intake down.
I think I am getting the best of both worlds with this recipe. I am satisfying my sweet tooth while eating a piece of fruit! What could be better than that?
Here are the simple instructions on how to make Spiced Poached Pears with honey:
Spiced Poached Pears
Sweetened with honey and simmered in spices, these poached pears are so delicious.
- 2 ripe yet very firm Bosc or Bartlett pears
- 2 cups water
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 inch piece fresh ginger sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1/4 in cinnamon stick broken half
Peel the pears leaving the stems intact.
Add the water, and honey to a 4-quart pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir until the honey is dissolved, then add the ginger, cloves, and cinnamon stick.
Place the pears inthe liquid and turn the heat down to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the pears can be just pierced with a fork.
Drain and serve the pears.
If you are not ready to eat the pears on the day you make them, you can transfer the pears and all of the liquid and refrigerate over night.
As I said earlier, Valentine’s day does not always have to be celebrated with candy or cookies. Take a little extra time to make this easy Valentine’s bag. I know your loved ones would appreciate it and they would feel so special knowing that you put time and effort into making a special gift for them.
Do you have little ones? I don’t have a little one any longer, but I know that my “big” kids would love these notes. I will be printing these Valentines Day Coupons for Kids and placing them in my families lunch boxes. I think I may find hiding places for the coupons.
Mark this recipe for later and surprise your sweetest with this spiced poached pear dessert. I know they will love you for it. The bonus for you is that you know you are making them smile and keeping them healthy too!