A hot bath of spiced red wine gently cooks seasonal pears into a tender, glimmering fruit dessert fit for any crowd.
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Get ahead of the game: this entire dessert can be made up to 3 days ahead and served chilled.
In large high-sided skillet, bring wine or apple cider, water, allspice, cloves, star anise, and cardamom to a boil. Gently add pears, cut side-down; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 10 minutes. Flip pears, cover, and cook for 10 more minutes, until tender. Carefully transfer pears to plate. Bring liquid to a boil, reduce to medium heat, and cook until reduced to 2 Tbsp (30 mL) and syrupy, 3 to 6 minutes. Set aside.
In medium bowl, combine yogurt, honey or maple syrup, and orange flower water or orange zest. Spoon onto dessert plates, top with pears and walnuts, and drizzle with reduced syrup. Serve.
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