Step 1: You will need..
- 4 large pears
- 1 bottle of red or white wine
- 300 g caster sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 a vanilla pod
- 1 pan with lid
- 1 vegetable peeler
- 1 knife
- 1 chopping board
- 1 slotted spoon
Step 2: Add the wine
Pour enough of the wine into the pan to cover the pears, but do not put the pears in yet.
Step 3: Add sugar & spices
Add the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla pod and put the lid on the pan.
Step 4: Heat the wine mixture
Bring the wine to a simmer.
Step 5: Peel the pears
Whilst the wine is heating, peel the pears, leaving them whole with the stalks on.
Step 6: Poach the pears
Put the pears into the wine and turn down the heat. Allow the pears to cook for approximately 2 hours at a very low heat.
Step 7: Remove the pears
Remove the pears and place them onto the chopping board.
Step 8: Reduce the wine
Boil the wine on a medium heat until the mixture thickens and reduces by approximately two thirds, enough to coat the pears.
Step 9: Cut the bottom off each pear
Cut a sliver off the bottom of each pear so they stand upright.
Step 10: Serve
Place a pear stalk side up and then spoon over the wine marinade. Serve with an accompaniment of your choice such as cream, ice cream or chocolate sauce.