One 750 ml Moscato wine or other sweet dessert wine
2 Cups of Simple Syrup
1 Cinnamon Stick, broken in half
2 TBSP Honey
One 3/4-inch piece of Ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 Vanilla Bean, split lengthwise
6 small, firm, Anjou Pears, peeled
1 TSP Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper
In a saucepan large enough to hold all the pears, combine the wine, Simple Syrup, cinnamon stick halves, honey, and ginger. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean and add the bean and seeds to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has melted. Add the pears and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the pears are tender. Remove the pears from the liquid and allow to cool.
Continue to simmer the liquid until it thickens and is reduced by half, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon stick halves and the vanilla bean and discard.
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