This is a great dessert for entertaining as it looks dramatic but can be prepared ahead of time, even the day before. Be aware that some pears take a long time to become tender – test with a toothpick, which should slide in easily.
Altered ingredient amounts. I only made four pears so only used 2 cups of wine, 1/2 c sugar, half an orange and lemon juiced didn't use orange flower water, Used 1 whole star anise instead of the cloves. - 25 Jun 2009
Great-the orange and lemon juice ease out the (I think, overpowering) red wine taste nicely. See my tweaks for other changes. A flash way to enjoy cooked pears:-) - 25 Jun 2009