This is a very basic recipe for poached pears that lends itself well to a multitude of variations. Try adding ginger, orange zest, and star anise for a spicy version, or dried lavender or lemon balm for a more floral flavor.
Beverage pairing: Lieutenant de Sigalas, Sauternes. The honeyed, complex, sweet wines of Sauternes make a lovely partner for this gentle dessert. This wine boasts flavors of dried peach and apple, spice, honey, and, yes, pear. It’s richer than the poached fruit will be, but has great acidity to keep things lively.