Poached Pears with Pomegranate Seeds - 2 Guiding Stars
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An elegant and simple dessert, this poaching recipe 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 rosé 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


  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.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 285; Total Fat 0.5g (1% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV); Sodium 15mg (1% DV); Total Carbohydrate 38g (14% DV); Dietary Fiber 7g (25% DV); Total Sugars 23g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 1g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 4% DV; Iron 6% DV; Potassium 8% DV; Manganese 30% DV; Copper 20% DV;
Recipe by Guiding Stars at https://guidingstars.com/recipes/poached-pears-with-pomegranate-seeds/
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