Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and gently poach the pears until tender, for approximately 2 hours.
Leave overnight. Ensure pears remain immersed in liquid.
Remove pears, return syrup to heat and simmer to reduce to a sticky glaze.
Pour glaze over pears and serve with ice cream or cream.
Bottle the left over syrup to enjoy as a topping on your favourite ice cream.