Slow Cooker Vanilla Poached Pears

Vanilla beans and red wine transform pears into a succulent holiday dessert that no one will pass up. Poaching pears in a slow cooker is a great way to save you time and effort in the kitchen during the busiest time of year. This is a vegan dessert recipe that even non-vegans will enjoy.
Vanilla beans and red wine transform pears into a succulent holiday dessert that no one will pass up. Poaching pears in a slow cooker is a great way to save you time and effort in the kitchen during the busiest time of year. This is a vegan dessert recipe that even non-vegans will enjoy.

Slow Cooker Vanilla Poached Pears

Serves 6

Ingredients:

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  • 2 cups dry red wine
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  • 1-1/2 cups water
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  • Zest strips from 1 lemon
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  • Juice of 1 lemon
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  • 1 cup superfine sugar
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  • 2 cinnamon sticks
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  • 2 vanilla beans, split in half lengthwise
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  • 6 ripe but firm pears, peeled, stems intact

Directions:

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  1. Combine wine, water, lemon zest, lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker. Scrape vanilla seeds into the wine mixture. Drop vanilla beans into wine mixture.
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  3. Place pears in slow cooker, laying them down so that they are covered with wine mixture.
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  5. Cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or until pears are tender.
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  7. Remove 1 cup of the red wine mixture and place in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half and has a syrupy consistency. Set aside to cool.
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  9. Place pears on individual serving plates or in bowls. Pour poaching liquid onto the bottom of each plate or bowl. Cool.
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  11. Serve pears drizzled with the syrup.

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