water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and lemon zest in a saucepan.
Split vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out the seeds and add
both the seeds and the pod to the pan. Bring the mixture to
a boil over medium heat while stirring occasionally, until
the sugar is completely dissolved.
Peel the pears and cut them in half. Reduce the poaching liquid
to a simmer and add the pears. Cook for about 15 min, until
just tender. Remove the pan from the heat and cool the pears
completely in the poaching liquid.
Serve the pears with a scoop of ice cream, a little pear-poaching
syrup and Posh Nosh Chocolate Fudge Sauce drizzled over the