INGREDIENTS: 1 vanilla pod
1 bottle red wine
225g caster sugar
1 cinnamon stick, halved
fresh thyme sprig, plus sprigs to seve
6 pears, peeled, but kept whole with stalk intact
2. Poach the pears, covered, for 20-30 mins, making sure they are covered in the wine. The cooking time will very much depend on the ripeness of your pears – they should be tender all the way through when pierced with a cocktail stick. You can make these up to 2 days ahead and chill.
3. Take the pears from the pan, then boil the liquid to reduce it by half so that it’s syrupy. Serve each pear with the cooled syrup, a strip of vanilla, a piece of cinnamon and a small thyme sprig.Read full preparation method