1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise
1 bottle (750 ml) red wine
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups water
4 red pears, firm but ripe
Vanilla ice cream
1 chocolate or almond biscotti, crumbled
Orange peels (optional)
Fresh mint (optional)
Place sugar, brown sugar, orange zest, cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla bean in a large pot. Add wine, water and orange juice, and heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring constantly.
Once the mixture starts to simmer, add the pears. Simmer until pears are fork-tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the pears and bring the wine mixture to a boil. Boil until it has reduced to 3 cups or so – you want the mixture to thicken and be syrupy.
Place a warm pear on a plate with a scoop of ice cream. Sprinkle with some of the biscotti crumbs, drizzle with syrup and garnish with the orange peels and/or mint.