1/2-1 bottle of good red wine
4 firm but ripe pears
1/2 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole star anise
Peel pears but leave the stem on.
In a medium sauce pan, add pears, wine, sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick and star anise. Make sure the pears are fully submerged in the wine.
Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until the pears are tender. Remove the pears and save the cooking liquid for other fun projects.
Serve with whipped cream, as is or use them in a cake!