1.16.2013

Panela Poached Pears


Pears can be poached in several different ways but have you tried pears poached in panela? If you haven't, it is a must-try. Panela basically is a solid piece of unrefined cane sugar. Ever since I tried panela for the first time, I fell in love with the flavor of it. It goes fantastic with fruits or even breads.



There is this very popular dessert in Honduras during Easter called "Torrejas". Basically, they melt the panela in water and add cinnamon, then is brought to a boil. Once the sauce has thickened, bread is added to the pot. The bread then starts to suck all those flavors. Out of this world good. Panela is easy to find this days, most supermarkets carry it. 



I like to spice things up a little so I add cardamon and cloves. The smell of these pears together with the spices will perfume your entire house. You can also poach other fruits. Figs are amazing for it, peaches, apples the list is too long. The best way to serve it is warm or at room temperature. A scoop of vanilla ice cream, is never a bad idea.



Ingredients:

5 Bosc pears, peeled
16 oz panela, 
roughly chopped
7 cups of water
10 cloves
2 large cinnamon sticks 
10 cardamon pots 

Place all the ingredients (except the pears) in a large pot and bring it to a boil. Cover and  let it boil for 20 minutes then add the pears. Poach the pears for 25 minutes or until tender. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream. 






11 comments:

  1. They look yummy. In Mexico that things it´s called piloncillo and Panela is a chesse

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    1. I heard that name before, it has different names according to the area. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Gonna try this one. You shared a great recipe! thanks a lot. Hope you can visit my delicious filipino food

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  3. Wow this is my first time to hear a panela. It looks really good. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Holy Smokes--your pic with the pears in the beautiful bowl--THAT is worth framing ! The recipe sounds so good, I want to try it out soon ! Can you describe the flavor of cardamon ??

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    1. Thank you so much Denise! Cardamon has a unique flavor, strong and very aromatique but not overwhelming and not spicy at all. In the Middle East it's often used to flavor coffee and tea. You should give it a try, my fav spice :)

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  5. Liking the photography here!

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