Combine the liquid, sugar and spices in a saucepan and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the pears and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover with a cartouche. Poach gently until pears are tender, for about 1 hour.
Remove the pears. Bring the syrup to a boil and reduce until slightly thickened.
Pour over the pears and allow to cool before refrigerating.
TIPS and IDEAS:
-Experiment using different liquids such as white or sparkling wine, fruit juice, port or sweet wine, teas such as green, jasmine, earl grey etc.
-Vary the spices by adding cloves, cardamom, star anise, lemongrass or saffron
-Core the pears from the underside and pipe in flavoured mascarpone or mousse before serving.
-Add poached pears to baked puddings, layer into trifles, or serve with French toast or crumpets drizzled with honey for breakfast.Recipe reprinted with permission of TheKateTin. To see more recipes, click here.