Spice House Pears Recipe: Step-by-Step

To see the recipe in traditional list format, see Recipe: Spice House Pears. What you'll need:
1 large bowl
1 large saucepan
A vegetable peeler
Water Ingredients:
6 pears
1 lemon
1 bottle dry white wine
1 1⁄2 cups sugar
4 star anise
1 vanilla bean
2 cinnamon sticks
1⁄4 tsp. saffron threads
Remove lemon peel in strips with a vegetable peeler. Squeeze the peeled lemon halves into a bowl of water.
Peel 6 pears.
Place peeled pears in lemon water to prevent discoloring.
Combine 1 bottle of wine, 1 cup water, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 4 star anise, 1 vanilla bean, 2 cinnamon sticks, and reserved lemon peel in a large saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat.
Add pears, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove pears and cool.
Raise the heat and bring poaching syrup to slow boil.
Crumble in the 1/4 tsp. of saffron.
Reduce liquid to 3 cups (I reduced my liquid a bit more, giving it a gorgeous amber color and more assertive sweetness).
Serves 6. The pears are marvelous alone, but they'd be really lovely with a bit of pound cake and vanilla ice cream. Return to SAVEUR Time Machine: Issue #1, Spice House Pears.

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