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Poached Pears with Pomegranate Seeds
An elegant and simple dessert, this poaching recipes relies on the spices and the natural sweetness of pears to bring a satisfying end to any dinner party. Tart pomegranate seeds finish the flavor palate with bright note to balance the tender-sweet pears. Tip: The wine you use will make a substantial difference to the flavor of the finished dish. If Riesling is not an option, a fruit-forward rose would make a nice substitute, but avoid drier whites like Pinot Grigio.
1 (750 ml.) bottle sweet white wine, such as Riesling
4 very ripe pears, peeled and halved
1 cinnamon stick
1 whole vanilla bean
2 cardamom pods, lightly smashed
3-4 whole cloves
Seeds from one pomegranate half
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Poached Pears with Pomegranate Seeds

Poached Pears with Pomegranate Seeds

Poached Pears with Pomegranate Seeds
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  • Servings:4 (394 g)
  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
1. Add the wine and spices to a heavy saucepan. Heat the poaching liquid to a simmer over medium heat.
2. When the liquid reaches a simmer, add the pears and cook until tender, 15-20 minutes. Do not allow the pan to boil over.
3. Remove the pears and increase the heat, bringing the liquid up to a boil. Reduce to desired consistency (10-12 minutes). Strain spices before serving. Garnish pears (warm or cold) with pomegranate seeds and reduced poaching liquid.