1/4 cup water
4 (approx 2 lb) whole firm pears, peeled leaving stems attached
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp apricot fruit spread or preserves
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp vanilla
Spray the inside of a slow cooker or crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
Pour the water into the cooker. Arrange the pears in the cooking with them standing, stems up.
Spoon the lemon juice over the pears.
Place the lid on the cooker and cook on high setting for 2 1/2 hours.
Remove the pears and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the apricot spread, ginger, cornstarch and vanilla, stirring until cornstarch is dissolved. Add to the liquid in the cooker; whisk until blended. Replace lid on cooker and cook on high setting 15 minutes or until the liquid thickens slightly. Spoon sauce over pears.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Yield: 4 servings.
Note: An easy way to peel pears is to use a vegetable peeler.