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4 ripe pears
4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange honey or regular honey
3 (3 inch) lemon rind strips 3 whole cloves
1 (1.5 inch) piece of vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 cup fresh raspberries
12 fresh figs each cut in half lengthwise
8 mint springs (optional)


Peel and core the pears. Cut each pear in half lengthwise. Combine water, sugar, honey, lemon rind, and cloves in a large non-aluminum saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean, and add to sugar mixture; discard the bean. Bring sugar mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Place pears, cut sides up, in pan, simmer 25 minutes or until tender. Remove pear halves with a slotted spoon, reserving the sugar mixture; place pear halves in a large shallow dish. Cover and chill. Bring sugar mixture to a boil; cook until reduced to 1 cup (about 30 minutes). Cool. Serve each pear half with 2 tablespoons sauce, 2 tablespoons raspberries, and 3 fig halves; garnish with a mint sprig, if desired.