Recipe tried out in April 2011
Pears are everywhere now! I don't want to miss this period to post so that you may be able to try these out too.
This is one dessert that you can serve your guests if you’ve having a small scale entertainment with a Chinese menu. Looks beautiful when serve with stem still intact or sliced if you want.
Lydia loved this, and asked for seconds the moment the one I shared with her got walloped up. My hubby who is not a floral person found this to be very nice and refreshing. My MIL loved it, but Lyanne puked it out the moment she ate it. Haha, so it’s pretty much up to the individual.
Osmanthus Double Boiled Pears
Recipe adapted from : MeishiChina
Portion Ratio is as follows
1 Chinese Duck Pear (Pyrus bretschneideri ), 鸭梨
3 red dates, seeds removed
Rock sugar to taste (15-20gm per portion)
1/3 tsp dried osmanthus flowers
1. Prepare a large pot or a wok. Put in a wide steaming rack, preferable not too high up. Fill with water 1 inch above the rack. Bring to a rapid boil.
2. Meanwhile, prepare a kettle of boiling water.
4. Put one pear into one individual double boiler vessel or just use a ceramic drinking mug.
5. Put in 3 red dates into each vessel and put in 15-20gm of rock sugar. (the blue vessel I used 14gm, the white I used 16 and the black I used 20gm, because they were all in different sizes, and all tasted just right after steaming)
6. Put in 1/3 tsp osmanthus flowers into each vessel.
7. Turn the heat off the pot/wok. Carefully place filled vessels onto rack. Pour boiling water over pears until almost full. Make sure the water in pot in halfway up the vessel’s side. Make sure the pot’s water is not too high for the shortest vessel.
8. Double boil (lid on the pot) over rapidly boiling water for 30 minutes and later, low heat for another 30 minutes.
9. Serve chilled or warm.
Verdict: My MIL who was having cough found her phlegm relieved after she consumed a warm portion of this. The rest of us who consumed the chilled version found it very soothing to the throat. No medicinal claims though.
All these pears weren't the same pear put in different bowls, but different pears in different vessels, I only have one of each, so I steamed 4 pears in 4 different looking vessels. It's a blogger's obsession to collect different tableware, but I can't have too many of each type.