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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Poached Pears with Saffron in Rhubarb Sauce



This elegant and simple dessert is from Hassan M'souli's Morrocan Modern,a neat collection of authentic Moroccan food with a modern twist.Of all the delectable Moroccan desserts featured in the book,this fruity dessert caught my eye for its fascinating flavors with luscious rhubarb sauce and fragrant saffron and Orange blossom.

Rhubarb

These pretty red stalks of rhubarb with earthy sour flavor and inedible(Toxic!) leaves are the fresh pick of late spring season.Originating from China ,its dried roots are used as remedy for many illness in traditional Chinese medicine.In America Rhubarb's got the nickname as "pie plant" for its a popular filling along with strawberries in pies.
Rhubarb is packed with Vitamins K & C, Calcium, Potassium, Manganese and is a good source of fiber.Read more about its health benefits.
A simple syrup\sauce with rhubarb was perfect get started,do explore loads of other rhubarb recipes here.The tart sweet sauce paired deliciously with lightly sweet pears infused with fragrant saffron and orange blossom.The sauce also goes well over yogurt and custard with sprinkle of nuts.


Recipe : Poached Pears with Saffron in Rhubarb Sauce

Ingredients
4 pears,peeled and cored,with stalks on
1/2 a lemon,juiced
3 cups water
1 tablespoon Orange blossom or rose water
pinch of saffron threads
1 cinnamon stick
1 bunch rhubarb(3 stalks),leaves removed and sliced
2 tablespoon raisins
1/4 cup chopped nuts

Method
Place pears in a bowl and squeeze on lemon juice to prevent them from going brown.
combine water and orange blossom water in a large saucepan,add the cinnamon stick.Bring to a boil,reduce the heat,add saffron and place the pears in ti the simmering liquid.Cover and continue to cook for another 30 minutes ,or until the pears are almost cooked.Remove the pears from the saucepan,place in to a bowl and pour over 1/2 cup of cooking liquid.Allow to sit for an hour or refrigerate overnight for flavors to intensify.
Heat the remaining cooking liquid over low heat,add the rhubarb stalks and cook for 10 minutes.Take out the cinnamon stick and blend the sauce .
To serve,place sauce in to shallow bowl or plate and set pears in the middle.Sprinkle raisins and nut over the sauce.Garnish with mint


This is my entry for Weekend herb blogging,the lovely hostess this week is Cinzia of Cindystar.

33 comments:

AnuSriram said...

Thats inviting! Makes me drool..

Priti said...

Looks yum....cool pics

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow looks cool and refreshing...

Sharmila said...

You do have the most awesome recipes Yasmeen! Even though I was familiar rhubarb just as a word, I came to know so much about it from you here. :-)

Pooja said...

Nice clicks..looks refreshing..

Curry Leaf said...

Love this Yasmeen.I have poached pears but never with rhubarb.Love the click.Too mouthwatering

Pooja said...

Awesome recipe Yasmeen :) Great shots too :)

Prathibha said...

That looks yummy...loved those pears....Rhubarb is something which i never tasted...

Gita's Kitchen said...

Thats a healthy and delicious dessert Yasmeen :)

Superchef said...

that looks awesome, Yasmeen!! I am yet to try Rhubarb, but definitely want to do so before the season ends!! :)

Jeena said...

Lovely poached pears recipe Yasmeen I bet the flavour was so delicious.

Jenny said...

What wonderful presentation!A very healthy dessert.

Sweta said...

What an exotic looking dish!!This looks great:)
Somehow,I rarely get to cook with fruits-we tend to eat it as is. Even when I tried the mango peda,hubby was very skeptical-thankfully the peda was awesome!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Rhubarb sauce looks yummy and lovely color there!!!

Cham said...

Rhubarb sauce is very fancy with the poached pear!

Bharti said...

That looks beautiful. I don't have good memories of rhubarb :-( My school in London use to serve a rhubarb crumble for dessert. It was terrible and now I'm scarred for life.

5 Star Foodie said...

This sounds AMAZING! Seriously, pears, saffron and rhubarb - all my favorites! Excellent!

Vibaas said...

looks delicious! nice and different recipe.

Rush said...

love the photos!!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

It looks yummy..im drooling here...yasmeen, Its a wonderful presentation... :)

sowmya said...

simply delicious..

Ammu said...

Makes me drool. Amazing dish yasmeen.

rahin said...

The combination of flavors must be amazing , also wanted to cook with rhubarb ...may b i shud try this one :)

The Karela too looks awesome

Sia said...

oh they look STUNNING!

Viki's Kitchen said...

Lovely dessert with pears. You are very creative dear.

sangeeta said...

i like poached pears but the rhubarb sauce looks easy n exotic.....pictures are beautiful.

Ivy said...

Unfortunately we do not get rhubarb in Greece but I have tasted rhubarb syrup and it is delicious so I can imagine that the pears tasted fantastic.

notyet100 said...

looks so yum nd delish,..

SGD said...

Exotic...and your presentation is so perfect!

Cindystar said...

Never cooked anything with rhuburb, I should learn and this recipe is so intriguing!
Bravo!

ttfn300 said...

fabulous!! i need to try saffron, and i love its addition in a sweet rather than savory dish :)

Parita said...

Thats delicious dish..looks heavenly to me :)

Soma said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. i have done stuffed pears before with nuts & raisins, but this sounds too good. I love fruit desserts!

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