At our local farmer’s market recently I got a batch of pears. The farmer told me to poach them or they would not be edible, so I did! I decided to incorporate fall flavors into my regular breakfast of overnight oats with fruit. I like to eat oats for breakfast because they keep me full for a while and I can add healthy fats in the form of nuts and seeds. High in fiber, this breakfast is good for digestion.
Prepare the day before and leave overnight.
- 80 grams (1 cup) of rolled oats
- 1/2 liter (2 cups) of milk of your choice
- A handful of mixed seeds and nuts (I use sesame, pumpkin, sunflower and linseed, plus walnuts)
- 4 Saint Rémy pears (or another kind suitable for poaching: ask your greengrocer)
- 1/4 liter (1 cup) of red wine
- 1/4 liter (1 cup) of water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 cloves
- 2 pods star anise
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- Divide the oats in two bowls.
- Add milk until the oats are just covered.
- Leave refrigerated overnight.
- Peel the pears. You can core them if desired (this will reduce the cooking time). Leave the stalk.
- Put the pears in a heavy-bottomed pot that fits them snugly.
- Add the wine and water.
- The pears should be just covered by liquid, with only the stalk popping out. If not, add water or wine.
- Put in the cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise and sugar.
- Bring to a boil.
- Leave to simmer for about two hours adding more water regularly to keep the pears covered.
- Check the flavor of the liquid in the mean time. If the balance is right: perfect. If it is too sour, add some more sugar.
- Check if they are done by poking a knife or fork in the biggest pear. Cooking time may vary for different types and sizes of pears.
- When done, take out the pears and leave to cool. Put in the fridge for the next day.
- Heat up the bowls with oats and milk: first one minute in the microwave. Stir, then heat for another 40 seconds.*
- Cut up the pears: for aesthetic pleasure, leave them in half. Remove the core if you had not done so already and chop up the rest of the pears.
- Divide the pear parts over the two bowls.
- Sprinkle with nuts and seeds.
*About the heating time in the microwave: ours is 900 watts. If yours is more powerful, reduce the time. If you have a lower wattage, increase the heating time. You can also heat up the oats with milk slowly in a saucepan.