This is one of those few times when frozen berries really come in handy. They are usually not the best quality, meaning not picked at the best time. So they can be a bit tart. Adjust your sugar accordingly. The sweetness of this recipe I think is somewhere in the middle as I don’t like very sweet things so much.
This makes a great desert for when you have company. The pears have a glorious color and looks really festive. It can be made the day before and refrigerated. Serve each pear individually or place then all on a large serving dish, swimming in their syrup with sweetened whipped cream on the side.
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For some really interesting information about vanilla and the history of vanilla go to Nielsen -Massey Vanillas Inc.