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Fruit Dessert Topping Recipe
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Fruit Dessert Topping Recipe

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You'll quickly warm up to the old-fashioned taste of this fruit topping from Doris Heath of Franklin, North Carolina. Spoon it over vanilla ice cream or slices of pound cake.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 3 medium pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Pound cake or ice cream

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup equals 95 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 22 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, toss apples and pears with lemon juice. Combine the brown sugar, maple syrup and butter; pour over fruit. Stir in the pecans, raisins and cinnamon sticks. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  2. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30-40 minutes or until thickened. Discard cinnamon sticks. Serve with pound cake or ice cream. Yield: about 6 cups.
Originally published as Fruit Dessert Topping in Quick Cooking January/February 2002, p53

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