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Slow-Cooker Spiced Poached Pears

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Slow-Cooker Spiced Poached Pears
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 35 min
  • Servings 6
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Add these slow cooked spiced pears to your dessert table.

Ingredients

6
firm ripe Anjou pears (2 3/4 lb), peeled
1
bottle (500 ml) Vin Santo or other sweet dessert wine
1/2
cup sugar
1/3
cup fresh orange juice
1
vanilla bean (3 inch), split lengthwise
1/4
teaspoon juniper berries
1
cinnamon stick (3 inch)
6
tablespoons crème fraîche, if desired
Ground cinnamon, if desired

Directions

  • 1 Remove cores from blossom ends of pears, leaving stem end intact. If necessary, cut about 1/4 inch from base of pear so it sits flat.
  • 2 Spray 5-quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, stir wine, sugar and orange juice until sugar is dissolved. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; stir seeds and bean into wine mixture. Add juniper berries and cinnamon stick. Arrange pears in wine mixture.
  • 3 Cover; cook on High heat setting 3 hours.
  • 4 Remove pears from cooking liquid; set aside. Pour cooking liquid through strainer into 2-quart saucepan; discard vanilla bean, juniper berries and cinnamon stick. Heat to boiling; boil 20 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup.
  • 5 To serve, cut pears in half; place in dessert plates. Drizzle sauce evenly over pears. Top with crème fraîche and ground cinnamon.
Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
210
Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
)
Sodium
5mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
43g
0%
(
Dietary Fiber
6g
0%
)
Protein
0g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate;
Carbohydrate Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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