Poached Pears (Poires Pochees)
Pears poached in red wine are an elegant dessert full of festive holiday spice flavor, including cinnamon, star anise, and vanilla extract. I like to serve this drizzled or drenched with creme anglaise sauce.
Rather than boiling, you can peel pears with a vegetable peeler, leaving stem on, and place in lemon water to prevent browning. Try this recipe with white wine if you prefer. You could even use water or milk.
You can use 1 vanilla bean pod in place of the extract, and you can replace the ground cinnamon with 1 cinnamon stick.