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Slow-Cooked Gingered Pears

 Slow-Cooked Gingered Pears
My slow cooker allows me to serve a heartwarming dessert without much effort. Topped with caramel sauce, these tender pears feature a surprise filling of nuts and brown sugar.—Catherine Mueller, St. Paul, Minnesota
6 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Cook: 4 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 6 medium Bartlett or D'Anjou pears
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • Vanilla ice cream and caramel ice cream topping, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the ginger, brown sugar, pecans and lemon
  • peel. Using a melon baller or long-handled spoon, core pears to
  • within 1/4 in. of bottom. Spoon ginger mixture into the center of
  • each.
  • Place pears upright in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top each with butter.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until tender. Serve with ice
  • cream and caramel topping if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 pear equals 263 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 43 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 1 g protein.