Slow Cooker, Maple-Sauced Pears

Don't be fooled by the name - this dessert may take some time to cook but it doesn't take much effort on your part to prepare. Get it started about an hour before you serve dinner and it'll be ready when you start clearing those dinner plates.

You'll Need:

6 pears 1 tsp orange peel
1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup maple-flavored syrup 1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp butter or margarine, melted 2 tbsp orange juice

To Prepare

1. Peel pears. Core pears from bottom, leaving stems attached. Place pears upright in 3 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker.

2. Mix remaining ingredients except cornstarch and orange juice; pour over pears.

3. Cover and cook on high heat setting 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until tender.

4. Remove pears from cooker; place upright in serving dish or individual dessert dishes.

5. Mix cornstarch and orange juice; stir into sauce in cooker. Cover and cook on high heat setting about 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Spoon sauce over pears.