In the spirit of disclosure I feel like I need to tell you I almost dubbed today’s recipe – OMG! Pears – in the Slow Cooker.
I’ve had an obsession with my slow cooker lately – so much so that I’ve cooked the handle off the lid and probably need to invest in a new cooker. My current one is about 12 years old, so I’m due an upgrade.
I have a quest for 2016 – to use the slow cooker as much as possible year round and produce season appropriate food.
But, more about today’s recipe…
Pears. Juicy, wonderful, succulent pears! Oh, pears, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
You are one of my favorite fruits. I love you with cheese, by yourself, on grilled paninis, canned with cottage cheese, in salads – the ways are limitless.
So, imagine my surprise to find pears in a slow cooker cookbook I was thumbing through one day. The quest was on to create the perfect slower cooker pear dish. I have an arsenal of “secret” ingredients and when I work on developing a new recipe or see recipes that catch my interest, my mind starts ticking off those ingredients.
All I can say is – after I did my “thang”, this one had me at first bite, and it got Tall & Handsome’s two thumbs up.
Oh, lawdy is it good! Serve a scoop of vanilla ice cream with one or two halves and you will be in gastronomical heaven.
5 – 6 Bartlett or D’Anjou pears
1/2 teaspoon crystallized ginger, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
4 tablespoons butter, cut into several pieces
2 teaspoons pure vanilla flavoring
- Wash and dry pears. Cut the stem off the pears and trim the other end of the pears. Cut the pears in half and scoop out the seeds and core from the center. (A tool used to create melon balls is good for this task.)
- Place the pear halves in the bottom of the crock pot, cut side facing upwards and skin side down.
- In a small bowl mix together: brown sugar, the crystallized ginger, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, and orange peel. Mix well.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the pears making sure each pear half gets a generous amount.
- Next, place cut pieces of butter on top of each pear half. Use all of the butter.
- Finally sprinkle 2 teaspoons of vanilla flavoring over the top of the pear/brown sugar mixture.
- Cover and cook on low for 4 – 5 hours.
Serve with vanilla ice cream.
© 2016 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.
*Inspired by a Taste of Home Recipe