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
Slow-Cooked Gingered Pears Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Optional: Vanilla ice cream and caramel ice cream topping
In a small bowl, combine the ginger, brown sugar, pecans and 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 pear.
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. If desired, serve with ice cream and caramel topping.