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Vanilla Poached Seckel Pears With Honey And Warm Spices

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(serves 4-6)

  • 10-12 seckel pears, washed
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup of honey or more or less depending on how sweet you want the poaching liquid to be
  • 1 vanilla bean, split seeds scraped out (save the pod!)
  • water to cover

Place the whole pears in a stock pot and cover completely with filtered water. Add the spices, vanilla seeds and split vanilla pod and bring to a boil. Once at a boil reduce heat, stir in the honey and simmer until pears are very tender and the poaching liquid is very fragrant. About 30 minutes or so (I didn’t time it….I just served it when the whole house started to smell like Christmas!) When the pears are tender remove from heat and spoon some poaching liquid and two or three pears into bowls and serve warm