Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Saturday, February 2, 2013


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.

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