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