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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Elegant Dessert with Pears

Janet Groene's
Slow Cooker Poached Pears

     This is one of the tah-DAH desserts that simmers quietly in your slow cooker until you whisk off the lid and present a truly gourmet treat. Your shortcut (shhhh, don't tell!) is caramel or butterscotch ice cream topping. I buy it in squeeze bottles for easier drizzling.
      Pears can also be poached in a pan, kettle or instant pot but should be watched carefully so you don't over-cook the fruit. It should be tender but not mushy. I've made this with both Bartlett and Bosc pears.

6 large, ripe, firm pears
1 cup white wine or white grape juice
1/2 cup each sugar and water
1/4 teaspoon each nutmeg and ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon zest

     Peel whole pears, leaving the stem on. If necessary to make them stand upright, cut a very thin slice off the bottom. Stand them in the slow cooker.   Whisk wine, sugar, water and spices and pour over pears. Cook 4 hours on Low and let cool in the sauce. To serve, place pears in sauce dishes and spoon on the sauce. Then drizzle lightly  with caramel or butterscotch topping. Serves 6. 

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