Friday, March 13, 2009

Asian Pears With Vanilla Poached Kumquats- Bookmarked Recipes

I was visiting over at Patsy's blog- Family, Friends, and Food, and saw the invite to participate in Bookmarked Recipes. She is hosting this coming Mondays event (where all recipes will be shown), and I thought it a great opportunity to try this recipe I've been thinking about for some time now.

I was looking through a small, free newspaper I had gotten on my way out of our local farmer's market, and was just about ready to throw it in the recycle bin, when I came across this recipe for Asian Pears With Vanilla Poached Kumquats. It sounded light, unique, and fit perfectly into my healthy eating of late- 14.7 lbs lost so far on a totally satisfying healthy eating plan, and daily exercise.

Another thing I liked about this recipe was that I already had most of the ingredients- I only needed some Kumquats, which were easily found at my local Trader Joe's. I called ahead, asking if they had any in stock (so that it wouldn't be a wasted trip), and mentioned that I had my 2 year old in tow, and they kindly put aside the amount I needed by the registers for an easy check out. I love that store!

This was such a refreshing alternative to traditional dessert items. The tartness of the kumquats, paired with the mellow vanilla- lime syrup, and the crisp bite of the Asian pears, left me feeling like I wasn't missing a thing at all in my quest for health. Now, I'm not saying this wouldn't be good over some rich vanilla ice cream, I'm just saying I didn't go there...

Asian Pears With Vanilla Poached Kumquats
1/2 vanilla bean pod, halved lengthwise
1/2 c water
3 Tbs fresh lime juice
1/2 c sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 lb kumquats, about 20, ends trimmed, seeded, and sliced crosswise, 1/3 inch thick
4 large Asian Pears, peeled, cored and sliced lengthwise, 1/4 inch thick

Combine water and lime juice in a small, heavy saucepan. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean pod and add beans and pod to the water, along with sugar and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat and simmer for three minutes.

Add Kumquats, cover pot and simmer until they just begin to soften, three to four minutes. Arrange pears in a heatproof bowl. Pour kumquats and syrup over pears and toss gently, then cool. Chill fruit, covered, at least two to six hours. Serves 6.

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Patsyk said...

What a fun dessert recipe! Thanks for joining in on Bookmarked Recipes this week!

ps... congrats on your weight loss so far! Way to go!

Rosa said...

Wow, you are doing so well on your diet - and eating great food too!

Lisa said...

Looks wonderful! Just wanted to let you know that I check in from time to time - I will definitely make the 12 layer cake at some point - maybe right after the vanilla is done brewing. . . . And I see that our friend Kim is back - yay!!

carolyn t at said...

What an interesting recipe. I have a kumquat tree, and didn't want to make marmalade with this year's crop, so thanks for the recommendation.

carolyn t at said...

I decided to make this tonight. It was absolutely delicious! My husband, who doesn't eat many desserts, just raved about it. I made it with Splenda instead of sugar (hubby is a diabetic), and it was just FINE. I also garnished with mint, which was a fabulous addition - each bite with a half a piece of pear, one kumquat slice and a tiny sliver of mint. Hope it's okay - I'm going to write it up on my blog - and will give you all the credit, links, etc. Thanks for the great recipe. I also made a kumquat salad dressing. No recipe. Just did it. I'll be writing that up on my blog too in case you still have some and need something to do with them.