by germinatrix | October 9th, 2009
Poached Pears in Cardamom Sauce
1 bottle red wine (pref. syrah, but your choice!)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 – 1/2 cup water
1 cup orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 vanilla bean, split
2 sticks cinnamon
6 pears, peeled, cored, but leave the stems!
stir all ingredients in a heavy-bottomed pot (make sure it has room for the pears!) and bring to a boil. Lower heat to simmering, add the pears and cover. Poach until cooked through, but not falling apart; about 20 mins … more or less. Remove the pears and continue to reduce the liquid until syrupy. Remove vanilla bean.
Serve these incredibly yummy (and super easy!) pears with vanilla ice cream and the syrup drizzled on top.