Meanwhile, in a large microwave-safe bowl, cover the pears and figs with 1 inch of water. Microwave in 5-minute increments at high power until the fruit is plump but not mushy, about 15 minutes; drain. Add the pears, figs, apricots and prunes to the wine syrup and simmer until all of the fruit is plump and very tender and the liquid is thick and syrupy, about 15 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick, vanilla bean and peppercorns and let cool. Serve the stewed fruit warm or chilled.