In a roomy one gallon pot place peeled apples, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar. Cover with water then bring to a simmer over medium to low heat for twenty minutes. Once the apples are soft enough, pierce with a knife. Remove the apples with a slotted spoon to a holding plate. Reduce poaching liquid to a light syrup, then place the apples back in sauce pot and hold on warm until ready to serve.
Use four small serving bowls with matching underliner plates then place one apple in the middle of each bowl. Pour warm syrup over each apple and then garnish cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans.