Spiced cranberry slow cooker poached pears
Cooked to perfection in the slow cooker, these delicious poached pears are so easy to do. They make a refreshing dessert or sweet treat.
Note: + overnight chilling time
- 4 firm pears, peeled
- 6 cups (1.5L) cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 cinnamon stick or quill
- 2 whole star anise
Place the pears in a slow cooker. Combine the cranberry juice, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and star anise in a jug. Pour over the pears, topping up with water to completely cover the pears. Cover with a disc of baking paper to help keep the pears submerged in the poaching liquid.
Cover and cook for 3 hours on low or until the pears are tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer pears to a bowl.
Transfer poaching liquid to a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 mins or until syrup reduces by three-quarters and thickens. Pour over the pears. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight to chill.
Place pears on serving plates and drizzle with a little of the syrup.