4 pears peeled but leave stalk on
stick of cinnamon
Orange or lemon peel x 3
2 star anise
Water plus 2 cups red wine to cover pears
1/3 cup of sugar
In a deep saucepan combine all ingredients apart from the pears and bring to a simmer.
Add the pears and cook until pears are tender - this can vary from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the variety of pear and their ripeness. But the longer they simmer the more flavour they will take on.
Leave to cool in the syrup and serve at room temperature.
Delicious with a homemade custard or Ice Cream.
For more decadence you can serve with Chocolate sauce.