sarsaparilla poached pears w/ skyr and pecans

January 20, 2017
3 Ratings
Photo by Katherine Hysmith
  • Serves four
Author Notes

Simmer slowly, giving you plenty of time to find comfort (in soft pants, a warm chair, a good book, a kind friend). —KC Hysmith

What You'll Need
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sarsaparilla syrup
  • half a vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • /2 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and lightly crushed
  • 1 1 small cinnamon stick, broken into large pieces
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 arge firm pears, peeled, halved, and cored
  • plain skyr (or yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
  1. In a wide saucepan with high sides, combine the sugar, lemon juice, water, sarsaparilla, vanilla bean and seeds, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Bring to a simmer, stirring to make sure all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the pears and and partially cover the pan. Poach the pears until they are fork tender (or as tender as you’d like), about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Let the pears cool slightly in their syrup.
  4. Serve each pear with a generous pour of the poaching liquid, a big spoonful of skyr, and a sprinkle of toasted pecans.
  5. P.S. Reuse that syrup-soaked ginger piece in a hot toddy or cup of tea later.

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