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Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears

 Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears
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
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours

Ingredients

  • 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
  • GANACHE:
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional

Directions

  • 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.
  • Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until pears are almost tender.
  • Discard star anise and peppercorn.

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Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.