Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs
For an elegant dessert, place each pear upright on a pretty dessert plate. Spoon the sauce around the pear, and sprinkle with chopped toasted nuts or coconut. Spoon a big dollop of soft whipped cream alongside the pear, and garnish the plate with a twisted orange slice
- 6 pears
- 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon margarine or 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- Peel pears.
- Core pears from bottom, leaving stems attached.
- Place pears upright in slow cooker.
- Mix remaining ingredients except cornstarch and orange juice; pour over pears.
- Cover and cook on high heat setting 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until tender.
- Remove pears from cooker; place upright in serving dish or individual dessert dishes.
- 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.
- **Use 1/4 cup honey instead of the maple syrup for a change of pace.
Lovely, simple recipe with wonderful flavours. I am making this for the second time tonight, as it is a family favourite. The sauce is VERY rich, but this can be tempered with cream. I have only tried making it with maple syrup, but I will say that my pears did go the lovely golden colour as in the picture (I did spoon the sauce over them several times during cooking though).
This was tasty and a great way of making poached pears... but the color of my pears weren't quite as lovely as Fairy Nuff's. I used honey, so perhaps if I use maple syrup next time it will have a nicer color (and not be quite so sweet). The family did love the flavor, so I will definitely try again.
This recipe makes for a great dessert and it was easy to make, but I felt like there was something missing...something that could be paired with the pears that would compliment the flavor that would make it over the top.