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.
This dessert is probably one of my favorite slow cooker desserts the tender, succulent pears are just a great way to finish your meal off. Personally, I 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 get a very similar result, but white wine tends to be a bit sweeter. It just comes down to what you prefer.
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Slow Cooker Poached Pears Recipe
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- 4 cups red wine
- ½ cup caster sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 whole star anise
- 1 tsp. vanilla essence
- 6 pears
- First peel the pears.
- 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 don’t have the time to wait for the syrup to thicken up by boiling it, then a simple cornstarch and water mixture will thicken it up fast. Mix in a small bowl 1 tbsp. of water and 1 tbsp. of cornflour and pour this in the syrup that’s in the pot at step 5. It should thicken up fast, cook this for about 2-3 minutes.
- 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 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 information also assumes that you have a portion of the poaching liquid if you don’t then these values will be lower. It also assumes you use six pears.
There are plenty of fruity desserts that you can make in the slow cooker. I love making some baked apples filled with oats, raisins, walnuts, sugar and spices.
You can also make some delicious custards in the slow cooker. These custards go great with these poached 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.
Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.