1 2-inch (5-cm) piece vanilla bean or 2
3 large ripe pears
and water in saucepan and bring to a boil. Add lemon juice and vanilla.
Peel pears and cut in half. Remove stems and seeds. Drop into the
boiling sugar syrup and simmer 3 minutes or until just beginning to get
tender. Cool in syrup and chill well. Lift out of syrup with a slotted
spoon and use as directed.