Fruit Poached in Tea

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Menu Part: Dessert
Cuisine Type: American
Serves: 8

A nice combination of fruit poached in a soothing tea bath and flavored with honey and lemon. A delicate and refreshing treat.


4 cups strong-brewed rosehip-hibiscus tea (4 teabags steeped in 4 cups boiling water)
1 cup orange juice
2 tbsp. mint honey
1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. each lemon and orange zest
4 pears, cored, peeled, and halved
4 fresh or dried figs
1 cup mixed dried fruit
Lemon juice and additional honey, to taste
Spearmint leaves and chopped pistachios, for garnish
Crème fraîche, for garnish, if desired


1. Combine brewed tea, orange juice, honey, vanilla, and citrus zest in a non­reactive pan.

2. Add pears, figs, and dried fruit; poach, covered, until pears are tender but still firm. Remove fruit with a slotted spoon and set aside.

3. Reduce poaching liquid over high heat until thick and syrupy; taste and season if necessary with lemon juice and additional honey.

4. Serve over poached fruit, garnished with mint leaves, chopped pistachios, and crème fraîche, if desired.