Step 1Peel and core the pears, leaving the stems intact. Place the pears in a saucepan large enough to fit them, and add the brandy, sugar, water and spices. Bring the liquid to a gentle simmer, carefully stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat so the liquid gently bubbles and poach the pears until they are easily pierced with a knife. Remove from heat and carefully remove the pears using a slotted spoon.
Step 2Strain the liquid, discarding the spices. Gently simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrup (you should have about 1 cup). Pour the warm syrup over the pears before serving.