Soothing & Calming Pear Congee

Serves 4-6

For the Poached Pears
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups maple sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 slices of ginger, unpeeled
  • 6 Bosc pears
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  1. Combine water, sugar, cinnamon, and ginger in a large pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Peel the pears and rub with lemon juice.
  3. Simmer pears in liquid until tender, 25–30 minutes. Remove pears and cut into 1/2-in. cubes.
  4. Boil liquid until reduced to syrupy consistency.
For the Congee
  • 1/2 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 5 cups water
  1. Put rice, salt and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour (until rice has the texture of porridge) stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the poached pears and syrup to rice. Cook another 10 minutes.