Slow-Cooker Maple-Sauced Pears

Create a pear dessert in your slow cooker that can't compare. Slow cooked pears in a buttery maple sauce are a showstopper!

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 50 min
  • Servings 6

6
pears
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/3
cup maple-flavored syrup
1
tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
1
teaspoon orange peel
1/8
teaspoon ground ginger
1
tablespoon cornstarch
2
tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 Peel pears. Core pears from bottom, leaving stems attached. Place pears upright in 3 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker.
  • 2 Mix remaining ingredients except cornstarch and orange juice; pour over pears.
  • 3 Cover and cook on high heat setting 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until tender.
  • 4 Remove pears from cooker; place upright in serving dish or individual dessert dishes.
  • 5 Mix cornstarch and orange juice; stir into sauce in cooker. Cover and cook on high heat setting about 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Spoon sauce over pears. <BR><BR><B>Note:</B> This recipe was tested in slow cookers with heating elements in the side and bottom of the cooker, not in cookers that stand only on a heated base. For slow cookers with just a heated base, follow the manufacturer’s directions for layering ingredients and choosing a temperature.

Expert Tips

(Total time will vary with appliance and setting.)

Serve an elegant dessert! Place each pear upright on a pretty dessert plate. Spoon the sauce around the pears, and sprinkle with chopped toasted nuts or coconut. Spoon a big dollop of soft whipped cream alongside the pears, and garnish the plate with a twisted orange slice.

For a honey of a pear, use 1/4 cup honey instead of the maple syrup for a sweet change of pace.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
225
(
Calories from Fat
25 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 g
2 %
(Saturated Fat
1 g,
1 %
),
Cholesterol
5 mg
5 %;
Sodium
40 mg
40 %;
Total Carbohydrate
54 g
54 %
(Dietary Fiber
3 g
3 %
),
Protein
1 g
1 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Fruit;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.