Step 1Peel, quarter, core and thinly slice each pear lengthwise, one at a time, placing the slices at the bottom of a 6-inch saucepan. After the slices of each pear are layered, sprinkle some lemon juice and sugar-cinnamon mixture over the slices. When you reach the fourth pear, add the water, brandy or wine and then end with the remaining lemon juice and sugar-cinnamon mixture.
Step 2Bring to a boil over medium heat, about 4 minutes. Cover and continue to cook over low heat until the pears are tender but not soft, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve the pears lukewarm.