Spiced Sautéed Pears over Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Shaved Chocolate

Simple, fast and beautiful. I like to serve this on a large red soup dish, giving it a dramatic look If you like nuts, add some toasted pecans as garnish.
ripe pears 6 – skin removed, sliced into 8 sections
vanilla bean 1 – optional
cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon
nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon (preferably fresh)
ginger 1 tablespoon fresh grated or 1/2 teaspoon ground
sweet wine (Muscat) 1/2 cup
brown sugar 2 tablespoons
vanilla ice cream
chocolate enough to shave on each serving
• Heat sauté pan with butter
• Scrape the meat from the vanilla bean into the butter
• Add pears and all the spices and sauté until tender — 5 minutes
• Add brown sugar
• Sauté until sugar had melted and coated the pears
• Remove pan from heat and add Muscat
• Return pan to heat and turn up flame to high
• Let reduce until a smooth syrup coats pears
• Place ice cream in the middle of the plate
• Tops with pears and shave chocolate
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