Slow cooker poached pears are a delicious sweet treat and a great way to finish off a nice dinner. In this recipe I use a few different spices and some red wine to poach the pears in.
This is probably one of my favourite slow cooker desserts the tender succulent pears are just a great way to finish your meal off. I personally love to enjoy these with some vanilla bean ice-cream or some double cream.
The pears also make for a great breakfast so if you have any leftover from dessert then just keep them in the fridge covered in the poaching liquid. I personally love to slice them up and have them with some muesli and yogurt.
You can easily substitute the red wine for white wine if that’s what you prefer. You should basically get a very similar result but white wine tends to be a bit sweeter. It really just comes down to what you prefer.
If you want to see how this recipe is done, then be sure to check out the video I prepared below. It goes through all the steps to making these delicious poached pears in red wine. If you do love the video, then be sure to subscribe so you’re kept up to date.
Slow Cooker Poached Pears Recipe
½ cup caster sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole star anise
1 tsp. vanilla essence or vanilla bean paste
Mix the caster sugar, red wine and vanilla in the slow cooker.
Add the cinnamon sticks, pears and the star anise. Make sure the pears are covered in the wine mixture.
Cook for 4 hours on low or until the pears are nice and tender.
Before you go to serve scoop roughly a cup of the poaching liquid and transfer to a small pot. Bring to the boil and cook for about 5-10 minutes or until thickened and syrupy.
Serve the pears with a drizzle of the syrup over the top.
If you core and half the pears, then you will only need to cook the pears for half the time.
Don’t stress about the sugar not being dissolved at the start. You will find after 4 hours of slow cooking the sugar would have well and truly dissolved into our wine mix.
If you’re being careful with what you eat then you might find the nutritional information below very handy. Keep in mind this information is an estimate but will hopefully give you a good indication of whether you should make this dessert or not. This also assume that you have a portion of the poaching liquid, if you don’t then these values will be lower. It also assumes you use 6 pears.
I hope you love this slow cooker poached pears in red wine recipe as much as I did. If you do have a variation, feedback or anything else that you would love to share then please feel free to leave a comment below.