Show Subscription Form

Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears Recipe
Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears Recipe

Be the first to add a review
Publisher Photo
Some of the many reasons I love this dessert recipe are: it's on the healthy side; it's easy to make; the recipe can be mostly prepared in advance of company arriving; and the presentation is lovely.—Jill Mant, Denver, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups dry red wine or cranberry juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 dried Sichuan peppercorn, optional
  • 4 ripe Bosc pears
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, mix wine, brown sugar, cherries, cinnamon, star anise and, if desired, peppercorn until blended. Peel and cut pears lengthwise in half. Remove cores, leaving a small well in the center of each. Arrange pears in wine mixture.
  2. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until pears are almost tender. Discard star anise and peppercorn.
  3. Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; stir with a whisk until smooth.
  4. To serve, remove pears to dessert dishes; drizzle with some of the poaching liquid. Spoon ganache into wells of pears. Top with pine nuts and blackberries. If desired, serve with whipped cream. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2014, p91

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

Reviews for Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Loading Image