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Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears

This elegant but yummy sweet treat is a slow cooker sensation that is sure to be one of your all-time favorite desserts. Top with crème fraiche and cinnamon, if desired.

Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears

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By: My Recipes
Prep Time
25 Minutes
Cook Time
3 Hours (High)


  • 6 Pears
  • 1 Bottle Vino Santo
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Vanilla Bean
  • 1/4 tsp Juniper Berries
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 6 Tbsp Creme Fraiche
  • Ground Cinnamon



  1. Remove cores from blossom ends of pears, leaving stem end intact. If necessary, cut about 1/4 inch from base of each pear so it sits flat.

  2. Place wine, sugar, and orange juice in an oval 5-quart electric slow cooker; stir until sugar dissolves. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; stir seeds and bean into wine mixture. Add juniper berries and cinnamon stick.

  3. Set pears in wine mixture. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or until pears are tender.

  4. Remove pears from cooking liquid. Cut pears in half. Place pear halves in dessert dishes.

  5. Pour cooking liquid into a sieve over a medium saucepan; discard solids. Bring to a boil; boil 20 minutes or until reduced to 1 cup. Drizzle sauce evenly over pears. Top with crème fraîche and sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.

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