1 cup unrefined 100% pear, apple or white grape juice
4 star anise pods
1 tsp Vanilla flavor
2 large pears
2 tsp honey
1tsp ground cinnamon, for garnish, optional
In a medium pot, combine pear juice, star anise and vanilla bean. Place on high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 1 minute. Meanwhile, halve pears lengthwise. With a small melon baller or teaspoon, scoop out core. Add pears to juice mixture, cover and simmer for 5to 7 minutes, turning once, until tender but not soft. Transfer pears to a serving bowl and cover to keep warm. Increase heat to high and bring juice mixture to a boil. Stir in honey. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 5 to 7 minutes, until slightly thickened .Using a slotted spoon, remove star anise and reserve star anise. Divide pear halves among serving plates and spoon juice mixture over top, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with cinnamon. If desired, garnish with mint and arrange reserved star anise alongside pears. Serve warm.
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