The Valient Dessert

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When things don’t look that bright wait and take a step back, this is the rule I follow. Me and my husband love dessert and every family gathering or a joyous occasion call for sweets. However, when the big guy in the house was warned to keep a close eye on the sugar intake during his annual checkup, I had to think of ways to reduce sugar in our diet without making him feel like a victim (of sugar).
The choice of desserts, the portion size, kind of sweeteners used had to be reconsidered. I started making healthier version of breakfasts and desserts. One of his favorite dessert is “red wine poached pears.” I had to think of a way to make it taste amazing with healthy ingredients. Hibiscus blooms are a great way to make dishes look appealing. Spiced hibiscus tea sweetened with date syrup is a great base to poach your pears. The pears absorb the goodness of the tea and spices. You could enjoy them as such or with a little coconut cream and drizzle of the reduced hibiscus tea syrup.
This is an excellent option for women looking for an alcohol-free version of this dessert.
I choose pears which were slightly ripe so that it lends a natural sweetness. I often serve them as dessert or breakfast.

photo of Hibiscus Tea Poached Pear
Hibuscus Tea Poached Pear

Preparation time: 15 min
Serves : 4
Cooking time: 40 min

Dried Hibiscus Blooms 4 tbsp
Pears 2 (halved)
Cinnamon stick 1
Star anise 1 flower
Date syrup 2 and half tbsp
Coconut cream 400 g (1 can)(optional)
granola (optional)


  1. Bring 4 cups of water to boil and add the rest of the ingredients except the pears.
  2. Once the tea gets brewed, place the cored and halved pears in the spiced hibiscus tea.
  3. Let them cook through. Once cooked remove the pears and let the tea reduce over a low flame.
  4. Whip the coconut cream with a little date syrup. Top it with granola and the poached pears.
  5. Drizzle the reduced tea over the poached pears and enjoy!

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