40 Poached Asian Pears and Apricot Seeds
This dessert can be considered traditional Chinese medicine. This is a recipe my grandmother often used to make. The soup can be used to clear the lungs, suppress coughing, and transform phlegm. It is especially effective on chronic coughs and seasonal allergy coughs. Both children and the elderly will enjoy this dessert. It can also improve your skin since the Chinese almonds contain many vitamins.
- 1 Asian pear, cut into small pieces
- 3 Tbsps of honey (can substitute rock or brown sugar)
- 1 Tbsp of bulbus fritillariae cirrhosae (chuanbei)
- 2 Tbsps of apricot seeds/Chinese almonds
- 1/2 cup of water
You can buy both the chuanbei and the apricot seeds at Asian supermarkets.
|Put the pieces of pear in a container that can go in the rice cooker. Coat the pear with honey. Place the container in the rice cooker on top of a stand/vegetable steamer/basket. Pour water into the base and steam for 5 minutes.|
|Rinse the chuanbei and apricot seeds. Then put them in the blender. Add half a cup of water and blend until the mixture is paste-like in consistency.|
|Add the apricot seed paste to the pears and mix well. Steam for another 20 minutes and serve.|