1 bottle red wine, Chuck Shaw works a dream
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
1-2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste
1 cup sugar
We call these Drunken Love Pears. Delicious!
In a large pot, combine the wine, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and sugar. Now, get your pears ready by peeling them and cutting the bottom end so they stand tall. In the poaching liquid they go! (You may need to weight them down.) Bring the liquid to a boil and then simmer. For how long? Until the pears are deliciously soft and easily pierced with a knife. It really depends on how ripe the pears are – very hard Bartlett pears can take over an hour, where ripe pears should only take about 15 minutes. No hurry, this is a great aromatherapy!
To serve the pears in a saucy way, remove the pears from the liquid when cooked, and then continue reducing until only about 1 cup of the liquid remains. When this cools, it will be a wonderful, flavorful, beautiful syrup.