Serves 4


1 1/2 cups water

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup cranberry juice cocktail

3 inches cinnamon stick

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 pears, peeled, halved and cored or peeled and left whole


In a large saucepan, combine water, sugar, cranberry juice, cinnamon and vanilla. Bring to a boil; add pears.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until pears are tender. Remove cinnamon. Serve warm or chilled; spoon poaching liquid over each portion.