Wine Poached Pears with Spiced Vanilla Bean Syrup

Makes 6


  • 1 bottle Pelee Island Gewurztraminer
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 medium firm but ripe Bartlett, Anjou or Bosc pears


  • Add the wine, water, sugar spices to a large dutch oven. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and use a paring knife to scrape the seeds out, then add the seeds and pod to the pot. Bring all the ingredients to a simmer over medium heat.
  • While the liquid is heating, peel and core the pears: use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel, slice them in half, then use a melon baller to carefully scoop the core out.
  • Add the prepared pears to the simmering liquid, then cover and cook at a gentle simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the pears are tender but not falling apart.
  • Use a slotted spoon to scoop the pears out onto a serving dish, then remove the spices and use them to decorate the platter.
  • Bring the poaching liquid to a simmer over medium-high heat and reduce until there is about 1 cup of liquid left. Let cool to room temperature, then pour over the pears. The poached pears can be served cold, at room temperature, or gently warmed.