6 firm Bartlett pears
1 bottle white wine (preferably Chardonnay)
1 vanilla bean, whole
1/2 cup sugar
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.
Heat White Chocolate Pear Chardonnay Sauce until warm.
Drizzle sauce over room temperature pears.