Slow Cooker Monday: Poached & Stuffed Spiced Pears

You knew it was coming: a dessert for the slow cooker. I waited until my month without sugar was over to make it a little easier, but I still chose a dessert based on a sweet fruit (and cut the amount of sugar that other similar recipes use).

The pears came out super soft with lots of flavor from the added spices. I was very glad I added the dried cranberries and walnuts, because they not only added additional flavor but also some much needed texture and a nice tang to keep the dish interesting.

I still need to try a more traditional dessert. What desserts have you made in a slow cooker?

Recipe:

Slow Cooker Poached & Stuffed Spiced Pears

Makes 2 servings

  • 2 pears, sliced in half and cored
  • 1 1/2 C water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 t allspice
  • 1/2 t freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2-3 T chopped walnuts
  • 2-3 T dried cranberries

Place pear halves in slow cooker. Pour water around them and place cinnamon stick in the water. Sprinkle sugar, allspice and nutmeg over pears and water. Place chopped walnuts and dried cranberries into the center of the cranberries. Cook on high for 1 hour or low for 3 hours (until pear are very soft).

Optional: you can cook liquids down to a syrup (you may need to add more sugar for this) for serving.

8 Comments on Slow Cooker Monday: Poached & Stuffed Spiced Pears

  1. Belinda @zomppa
    February 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm (4 years ago)

    What a beautiful, flavorful dish. Can imagine the succulent pears!

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  2. Andrea
    February 28, 2011 at 10:16 am (4 years ago)

    Would I be able to substitute the cinnamon stick with a certain amount of ground cinnamon?

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    • Stephanie
      February 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Andrea – absolutely! Probably 1 teaspoon or so would do it. Let me know how it turns out!

  3. Andrea
    March 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Stephanie, I made this recipe tonight and it was deelicious! Not only does it go great with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, but it makes the kitchen smell wonderful :) Thanks again!

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  4. Stephanie
    March 12, 2011 at 8:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Andrea – that’s great! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. Kirsten
    December 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm (1 year ago)

    Stephanie, I bet these pears smelled amazing. Thanks for giving me the link to include in my upcoming Band Fruit Fundraiser Recipe Round Up! It will be published on 12/4/2013!
    Kirsten recently posted Citrus and Honey Whole Grain Muffins

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