Searching for an easy yet elegant seasonal dessert? Look no further! Poached pears, simmered in white wine, honey, vanilla, & spices.
Place the wine, water, sugar, honey, lemon zest, ginger, and cinnamon stick in a large pot.
Split the vanilla bean, remove the seeds, and add both the seeds and the pod to the pot.
Stir the mixture and place it over medium heat, until it comes to a low simmer.
When it has reached a simmer, turn the heat down to low, peel the pears, and add them to the pot.
Place a circle of parchment or a plate directly on top of the pears, to weigh them down and prevent browning.
Simmer the pears in the liquid until they are very soft (approx. 20 minutes).
Remove the poached pears from the pot, turn the heat up to high, and boil the liquid until it's reduced to a syrup.
Serve the poached pears warm, at room temperature, or chilled, with a drizzle of the syrup.
*If you don't want to use wine, substitute an equal amount of fruit juice.