Red Wine-Poached Pears With Maple-Brandy Creme Fraiche

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6 Bartlett pears, peeled, stems intact

2 cups sugar

1 cinnamon stick

Zest of 1 lemon

Zest and juice of 1 orange

1 bunch thyme

2 tablespoons black peppercorns

2 star anise pods

4 cloves

2 750 ml bottles red wine (lighter-bodied is better)

1 cup creme fraiche

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons brandy

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