This makes for a really nice, super easy dessert. It would probably be good with some vanilla ice cream, or maybe some honey Greek yogurt. As it stood, we just ate them out of a bowl.
Literally, the hardest part about this recipe was trying to get a good picture of the finished product. It's easy enough to just throw everything into a pot and forget about it for about an hour. When these come out, they're so pretty. (Also, if anyone knows an easy way to eat a whole, cooked pear, avoiding the core, let me know!)
(Also again, happy birthday to my mom! It's her birthday today, and most likely, sometime later, I'll post the dessert I made for the occasion.)
Poires au Vin (Pears in Wine)
6 firm pears, peeled and left whole
One bottle inexpensive red wine (I used Trader Joe's Charles Shaw [aka Three Buck Chuck] Cabernet Sauvignon)
1/2 cup sugar
1 vanilla pod
Put the pears in a pan with all remaining ingredients. Add water, if necessary, to cover the pears completely.
Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for about an hour until the pears are very tender but still hold their shape. Carefully lift them out and arrange in a bowl.
Reduce the syrup further if necessary and pour over pears. Serve cold.
I had the hardest time getting a good shot of the finished pears. I think the third one is my favorite.