Poached pears in spiced brown sugar syrup with vanilla bean, cinnamon and nutmeg. Download the recipe here.
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthways
1 cinnamon stick
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 firm pears, peeled
Place 4 cups cold water, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low.
Add pears. Cook, partially covered, turning occasionally, for 18 to 20 minutes or until pears are just tender. Remove from heat. Allow pears to cool in syrup, turning occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to a plate.
Return syrup to medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Boil for 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by one-third. Serve pears with sugar syrup and cream or ice-cream.