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Hawayij-Poached Pears with Mint and Pomegranate


In a medium sauce pan over medium heat combine water, hawayij, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Stir until sugar dissolves and bring to a simmer.

Add pears to the poaching liquid. If pears aren't completely covered, add more water. Cover with lid, keeping it slightly ajar and simmer until pears are tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to a plate and set aside. Raise heat and boil poaching liquid until reduced to about 1 cup, (10–15 minutes). Remove from heat.

Serve pears with a drizzle of syrup and top with a sprinkle of lemon zest, mint, and pomegranate seeds.

*Hawayij is a spice blend originating from Yemen. There are two versions of the spice blend, a sweet blend intended for coffee, and a savory blend used for soup. This recipe calls for the sweet version. You can find it in international grocery stores or you can make your own blending equal parts ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and clove. My go-to version is available from The Spice Way in Encinitas.

Ingredients for

Hawayij-Poached Pears with Mint and Pomegranate

2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons hawayij spice blend*
1/4 cup sugar
1 lemon, juice and zest
Pinch of salt
4 firm pears, peeled, halved lengthwise keeping stem intact, seeds scooped out
Handful of mint leaves, thinly sliced
Handful of pomegranate seeds

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Hawayij-Poached Pears with Mint and Pomegranate

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