Winter Steamed Pears (Serves 2)

▸ 2 Chinese Pears
▸ 2 Dried Chinese Dates
▸ 4 tbsp Honey
▸ 1 tbsp Lemon Juice

1. Prepare the Chinese dates by softening in cold water, slit and remove the pits.
2. Wash the pears and pat dry with paper towels. Cut the top off the pears and set aside (these will become the lid). Remove the core. If desired, cut off a small slice at the bottom so that the pear will stand straight when steaming.
3. Spoon 2 teaspoons of honey into each pear. Add 1 Chinese date each. Place the top back on the pear.
(Optional: Brush the lemon juice over the skin of the pear to prevent discoloration)
4. Set up a steamer, or place a rack for steaming inside a deep pot. Place the pears on a plate and steam for 30 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Serve warm.

(Repost from Jou Sun 早晨)