Passionflower tea is warm and inviting on cold winter nights, especially for those who struggle to settle their minds in the evening. Praised for its anxiety reducing properties, the passionflower is said to promote a healthy sleeping pattern and calm those who struggle with hyperactive anxiety.
Said to have been used by native American tribes as a sedative, passionflower tea is worth a try for those who desire more sleep.
Servings: 1 serving
TotalTime: 35 minutes
You will need:
Your favourite mug
For the tea:
1-2 tsp of dried passionflower
1 cup of water
Put your measured dried passionflower herbs into your mug and fill the mug with hot water. Place a plate over top of the mug and let the herb excrete its natural flavours and oils. Let sit for 20 to 30 minutes. When the time has passed, strain out the loose herb and enjoy!
If you struggle with high-functioning anxiety, drinking this tea 3-4 times a day can make a huge difference.
If you’re not too keen on the taste, add a squirt of honey for a sweeter kick.
Drink your tea an hour or two before bedtime to feel the full effect.
Heat oven to 200°C. Brush 1 sheet of puff pastry dough with melted butter, then gently press into a 9-inch tart pan, letting ends extend over edges of pan. Fold in edges of dough, slightly pinching sides to form crust.
Arrange the Pears
Arrange pear slices in decorative circles on the prepared crust. Sprinkle top with sugar, spices and cubes of butter. Bake 45 minutes until crust is deep golden brown and pear topping is cooked. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack; leave oven on.
Make the Caramel
While your tart is baking, in small saucepan over medium heat, heat sugar until dissolved. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, carefully swirling pan, until sugar begins to caramelize and turn amber in colour. Remove from heat; stir in butter and salt until combined. Stir in heavy cream. Continue to cook sauce for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened and smooth. Remove from heat.
Decorate and serve
Carefully and quickly brush top of tart with caramel sauce. Be sure to brush both crust and pear topping. Bake the tart for another 10 minutes until caramel is melted and just begins to bubble. Return tart to cooling rack. Let it cool before slicing.
When should you pick pears?
It’s best to pick pears when they are mature but not fully ripe and let them ripen in the home. Simply, cup the fruit in your hand, tilt horizontally, and it should come away easily. You can then leave them indoors at room temperature for a week to ripen.
How do I store fruit tarts?
This pear tart is best served the day it is made; cool or room temperature storage is fine that day, but be sure to refrigerate the leftovers.