Start by slicing the pears into thinner slices. Bring water, honey, star anise and saffron to a boil. Add the pears and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Or until softened.
In a thick-bottomed pot let the butter simmer and add the rice. Stir the rice until the surface is glossy and almost see through.
Add the elderflower syrup and stir for about 4 minutes. Add the water and bring to a boil. To boil for about 5-6 minutes while constantly stirring.
Add the sugar, salt, cinnamon and heavy cream. Bring down to a medium heat. Stir once more and add the milk. Let it simmer on low heat for about 40-50 minutes. Stir after 20 minutes. You may need to add a little milk. Add a little at the time. (It should have the same consistency as risotto.)
Bring the pan to a heat on medium-high heat and roast the almonds. They should start to get golden after 1-2 minutes. Whip the whipped cream to a firm consistency.
Top with the pears, star anise, whipped cream and pomegranate seeds.