Chai poached pears
1 litre water 1 ½ cups ( 330g) caster sugar 2 chai tea bags 1 cinnamon stick 3 cardamom pods, crushed 4 medium beurre bosc pears, peeled Place the water, sugar, tea bags, cinnamon and cardamom in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Remove the tea bags and add the pears. Cover with a piece of non- stick baking paper and top with a small plate or lid to weigh down the pears. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 35- 40 minutes or until the pears are soft. Carefully remove the pears from the syrup, increase the heat to high and cook for 20- 25 minutes, or until thickened slightly. Spoon the syrup over the pears to serve+. Serves 4.