Cooking Light
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 5 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 2 pear halves and about 3 Tbsp. sauce)

These poached pears, tender but with just the right amount of bite, make a perfect fat-free fall dessert.

How to Make It

1. Combine apple cider, orange zest, orange juice, brown sugar, and vanilla bean paste in a 6-quart oval slow cooker; whisk vigorously until sugar dissolves. Add cinnamon sticks. Place pear halves in an even layer in cooker. Cover and cook on high until pears are tender, about 2 hours and 45 minutes, turning pears after 1 hour.

2. Remove pears from cooking liquid. Place 2 pear halves in each of 6 dessert dishes.

3. Pour cooking liquid through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a small saucepan; discard cinnamon sticks. Bring mixture to a boil over medium- high. Boil, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick and syrupy and reduced by about half, about 10 minutes. Drizzle cider sauce over each serving and serve warm.

Also appeared in: Cooking Light, October, 2020,Slow Cooker Recipes