Pears Poached in Lemongrass and Ginger Tea with "Cheats" Coconut Ice Cream

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By 
Martyna Angell
Not much goes to waste here. Pear peels are used to infuse the poaching liquid with extra flavour, as it makes for a light and aromatic Pear Lemongrass and Ginger Tonic – wonderful for digestion, which can be enjoyed warm or cold depending on the mood. If you enjoy the marriage of fruit and warm Asian flavours, you will appreciate the combination of lemongrass, ginger and coconut in this Autumn inspired dessert.
1.5 litres filtered water
1 lemongrass and ginger tea bag
4 medium-sized pears (about 135g each)
Peel of ½ lime
1 stalk lemongrass, chopped into 4 pieces
8g knob fresh ginger, cut into 4 pieces
TO SERVE
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
2 tablespoons shredded coconut

Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. In the meantime, peel pears, reserving the peels. Once the water is boiling, add the tea bag, pears and peelings, lime peel, chopped lemongrass and ginger. Simmer gently for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the saucepan and allow the pears and liquid to come to room temperature and the pears to finish poaching.

To serve peas, cut them lengthways. Remove the core using a teaspoon. Arrange 1 or 2 pear halves in a serving bowl. Top with a scoop of ice cream mixed with lightly toasted coconut mixed through it.

Store pears in an airtight container in the fridge. Pour poaching liquid into a jar or bottle and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Dilute the tonic with water or drink straight up, cold or warm. You can even blend the ginger and pear peel into the liquid for an even more wholesome drink.

Serves 4 (you can make this ahead and serve some later)

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins + 1 hr cooling
Total time: 1 hr 20 mins