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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings

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 zest
  • 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 zest. 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 263 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 6g fiber), 1g protein.

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