Make a fall dessert recipe in your favorite time-saving appliance. You pick between your pressure cooker or slow cooker, these poached pears have directions for either one you choose.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Credit: Jacob Fox

Recipe Summary

slow-cook:
2 hrs
cook:
12 mins
bring-to-pressure:
12 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
2 hrs 44 mins
prep:
15 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

Directions
  • Core each pear from the bottom, leaving the stem intact. Peel pears. If necessary, slice the bottoms off pears to allow them to stand upright. Prepare as directed using desired cooker, below.

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Fast 5 minute cook time
  • In a 4- to 6-qt. electric or stove-top pressure cooker stir together the next five ingredients (through cardamom) until honey is dissolved. Add pears to cooker. Lock lid in place. Set an electric cooker on high pressure to cook 5 minutes. For a stove-top cooker, bring up pressure over medium-high heat; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure. Cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat. For both cookers, quickly release the pressure. Open lid carefully. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to dessert plates, reserving cider mixture in cooker. For an electric cooker, use the sauté setting to boil gently, uncovered, 12 to 15 minutes until syrupy. For a stove-top cookers, cook directly in the pot. Cool slightly. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard spices. Spoon cider syrup over pears. Serve with yogurt and pistachios.

Slow 2 hour high cook time
  • In a 3 1/2- or 4-qt. slow cooker stir together the first five ingredients (through cardamom) until honey is dissolved. Add pears to cooker. Cover and cook on high 2 hours or until pears are just tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to dessert plates. Transfer cooking liquid to a small saucepan; bring to boiling. Boil gently, uncovered, 12 to 15 minutes until syrupy. Cool slightly. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard spices. Spoon cider syrup over pears. Serve with yogurt and pistachios.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; fat 3g; cholesterol 1mg; saturated fat 1g; carbohydrates 44g; mono fat 1g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 6g; sugars 32g; protein 4g; vitamin a 157.3IU; vitamin c 7.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.4mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 16.2mcg; vitamin b12 0.2mcg; sodium 43mg; potassium 408mg; calcium 48mg; iron 0.5mg.
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