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Slow-Cooker Spiced Poached Pears

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Slow-Cooker Spiced Poached Pears
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 3 hr 35 min
  • Ingredients 9
  • Servings 6
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Add these slow cooked spiced pears to your dessert table.
Updated Feb 25, 2014

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

Steps

  • 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

210 Calories, 0g Total Fat, 0g Protein, 43g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
210
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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