Chardonnay Poached Pears

6Firm Bartlett pears
1 bottleWhite wine, preferably Chardonnay
1Vanilla bean, whole
½ cupSugar
White Chocolate Pear Chardonnay Sauce


Peel pears and leave stem intact.

In a large saucepan, bring wine and an equal amount of cold water to a simmer. Split vanilla bean lengthwise and add to wine and water mixture.

Add sugar, to taste. Add pears to liquid and simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender.

Test for doneness by inserting a sharp knife in the base; there should be little resistance when fully cooked.

When ready to serve, place pears on individual dishes. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Heat White Chocolate Pear Chardonnay Sauce until warm.

Drizzle sauce over room temperature pears.

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