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Chinese Pear Dessert Soup

Chinese Pear Dessert Soup is sweet, spiced and works fabulous to calm a cough.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Cardiac Friendly, Chinese New Year, Desserts, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Winter Favorites
Servings: 8
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Healthy World Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 8 whole Pears
    (peeled with the stems left intact) ripe but firm
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 cups Water
  • 3 twills Cinnamon sticks
    or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 whole Star anise
  • 16 Chinese Red Dates
    also known as jujubes
  • 2 tbsp Goji berries
  • 1/3 cup Honey or up to 2/3 cup depending on how sweet you like it

Instructions

  • Instant Pot directions: Place your pears upright in your instant pot, drizzle with lemon juice. Add water, cinnamon sticks, star anise, Chinese red dates, goji berries and honey and pressure cook for 6 minutes and then do quick release. Enjoy!
  • Stove top Method: Place your pears in a pot, drizzle with lemon juice. Add water (enough water to come up half way up the pears, cinnamon sticks, star anise, Chinese red dates, goji berries and honey. If you need to increase the water level to accommodate your pot, you will need to add additional honey as well. Steam pears over low-medium heat for about 30 minutes or until fork tender. Enjoy!
  • Slow Cooker Method: Place your pears upright in your slow cooker, drizzle with lemon juice. Add water, cinnamon sticks, star anise, Chinese red dates, goji berries and honey and cook on high for 2-2.5 hours or until fork tender. Enjoy!
  • Serve pears and a ladle of the sweet dessert soup with the goji berries and Chinese red dates in a bowl. Enjoy hot, room temperature or cold as desired. Leftovers may be store refrigerated up to 3 days in a sealed container.

Notes

Best to use ripe but firm pears for best results. If you choose to cut your pears instead of whole, your cooking time will be reduced. Feel free to use rock sugar instead of honey. If you have a fever, you may choose to exclude the star anise and cinnamon.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg