I used cran-raspberry because it was on sale otherwise I tried to follow it exactly. My crockpot croaked. After 2 hours on high, the pears were just barely soft! But soft enough to top with whipped cream & enjoy. :) It was even better the next day when the vanilla had time to seep in & work it's delicious magic & the syrup reduced even more. Even THE PICKY ONE who generally isn't keen on fruit loved it!! It would be good on ice cream or yogurt or granola or oatmeal.....Made for ZWT8 ~ France for Chefs Gone Wild.