Slow Cooker Poached Pears in White Wine

Slow Cooker Poached Pears in White Wine
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook time: 4 Hours
  • Total time: 4 Hours & 15 Minutes
  • Serves: 8


  • 750 ml (25.4 fl oz) white wine
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ Tbsp vanilla essence
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 8 pears, peeled


  1. In a slow cooker, mix the sugar, white wine and vanilla.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, pears, and the cardamom pods.
  3. Cook for 4 hours on low or until the pears are tender.
  4. Serve the pears with a scoop or two of the poaching liquid.

Recipe Tips

  • The sugar will dissolve over time, so don’t worry if it is a bit grainy at the start of cooking.
  • To achieve a syrup-like sauce, you will need to remove roughly a cup of liquid from the slow cooker and reduce it in a saucepan by boiling it for five to ten minutes. Reducing the sauce will make the poaching liquid sweeter and more intense.
  • Another method of thickening the liquid is to use a paste of cornstarch. You can make this paste by mixing one tablespoon of water with a tablespoon of cornstarch. Simply mix this into the poaching liquid, and it will thicken.
  • You’re able to core and cut the pears in half if you wish to do so. Doing this will also radically reduce the cooking time by half.

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