Weekend recipe: slow cooker poached pears

With all the rain that’s be gracing my corner of the world, I feel like I’ve had a head start on all things autumn-y.

The crisp white wine has been swapped with a red or two. We’ve embraced curries again and last night even a slow-roast lamb.

Truth be told, I think I just like to embrace a menu change at any opportunity.

Especially when it comes to desserts.

I made this slow cooker poached pears recipe for Valentine’s Day a few weeks ago. I’d never cooked poached pears in the slow cooker but am so glad that I gave this a go as it’s a winner. It’s a no-fuss way to get a really scrummy dessert going while doing or cooking other things.

And I may have shouted something along those lines to the My Kitchen Rules contestants who recently stuffed up their poached pear dish by not allowing enough time. They could have had it cooking away while they were working on the entree and main. (Anyone else out there an armchair chef?!)

I love the spicy, fragrant sauce that it sits in. My sauce is not as syrupy as others’ as I keep the sugar content down (I use rapadura sugar) … only to balance out the chocolate ganache and vanilla bean ice-cream I serve with it, of course ;)

Slow cooker poached pears

Ingredients

(serves 4)

Slow cooker poached pears ingredients

Method

1. Add sugar, spices, lemon zest, vanilla, ginger and 500ml of water to your slow cooker. Cook on high for about 15 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.

2. Meanwhile, peel pears and leave whole.

3. Add pears to slow cooker, turn heat down to low and cook for two-three hours until tender.

4. Place on plate, drizzle chocolate ganache over the top and serve with vanilla bean ice-cream.

Do you love poached pears? What’s your favourite autumn dessert?

PS. The bowl I’ve used? A little Samantha Robinson purchase from our holiday in Bali.

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Looking for more autumn recipe inspiration, my blogging mate, BabyMac, has just released Issue Two of her iPad magazine, Beverley? It’s already inspired me to make plum jam. On a weeknight. True!

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  • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

    I made poached pears on Friday night as part of a brown sugar sponge cake with caramel poached pears and vanilla bean cream. I almost ruined every aspect of the dish (been a long time since I made something so complex!) but the poached pears were perfect. I also scream at cooking show contestants :)

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      OMFG … sounds magical!!

  • Katie Rainbird

    Yes! I love pears in autumn. I love its suggestive womanly curve sitting in my fruit bowl. Whole poached & dressed in chocolate is about as sexy as it can get!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I think you’re very much on to something there Katie!

  • Thea

    Poached pears are my husband’s absolute favourite. I haven’t tried them in the slow cooker, though (soon to be rectified missing technique). My tip is to cover poaching fruit with a piece of baking paper. There is a fancy French name for it, but what it does is keep the bath liquid close by, reducing the risk of hard bits. I can’t watch MKR – far too bitchy for me. I like Masterchef better as it manages to keep the nastiness off the screen.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Oh, do try – and I don’t know if you need the baking paper in a slow cooker? No hard bits for me but could infuse the flavours better?

  • Kelly

    Oh delicious. I have never made them but gee this looks easy and perfect for when people come over for dinner. There is nothing worse than spending all your time cooking when you should be sitting, talking and have a wine or two!! Thanks Nikki – will also definitely try this. PS. Can I just tell you again how much I love your new hair do.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      Yes, brilliant dinner party dessert … however many pears you can fit in your slow cooker, go for it! and thanks re hair … even today straight-ish, I love it!

  • Lisa Mckenize

    Yes I do like poached pears and yes I am a MKR armchair chef as well,why not put the pears on first,so easy and so yummy,I love me an apple or apricot crumble and a self saucing chocolate pudding,and anything that has fruit ,not that we have desert too often around here I can never fit it in after dinner,I like it later on in the evening.

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      This is nice and light, Lisa … which is why I like it!

  • http://www.figandcherry.com/ Christie Connelly

    Luscious! And so clever to have dessert cooking itself while you make dinner (or put your feet up while you order in)! Have never tried pears in the slow cooker, this must be rectified tonight!!

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      So, so easy Christie … and looks like you’ve gone to a lot of effort!!