Warm Pears and oranges

Tender pears and Mandarin oranges prove to be a delightful dessert when warmed in a slow cooker.  As I have shared in previous posts, fruit desserts are some of my favorites. Of course, they can also be served with a slice of pound cake, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, or even vanilla Greek yogurt.  This recipe is one to try before the warmer weather sneaks up on us this Spring.  The comforting flavors of this recipe can be enjoyed throughout the Fall and Winter months.

Here is how I make this recipe–gather these ingredients:  1 can sliced pears with juice, 1 can mandarin  oranges without juice, 3 cinnamon sticks, and 2 fresh Bosc pears peeled and sliced.  Additional fresh pears or canned pears could be substituted for each ingredient.

In a small bowl, combine these ingredients:  1/2 cup dry oatmeal, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 Tablespoons melted margarine.

Place the first set of ingredients in the slow cooker, and then cover with the ingredients from the bowl.  Cook on LOW for 4 hours.  Serve warm. I topped each serving with whipped cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.  Yummy.

frozen strawberry almond yogurt

For years I have used my ice cream machine for making only ice cream.  However, it is capable of making many other products. A few days ago, I made homemade strawberry yogurt for the first time.  I adapted a recipe for blueberry and basil yogurt, changing the fruit ingredients, as my husband is not a fan of blueberries.

This is a very good basic recipe and is very tasty.  It can be made as easily as my basic ice cream recipe, but also requires a chill time of several hours.  We usually freeze our homemade treats overnight.

Gather these ingredients to get started:  3 containers of Greek style vanilla yogurt, 2 cups half and half, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup light corn syrup, 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract, and 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt.  Other flavors could be substituted; I used almond for this recipe, but the original recipe used vanilla extract.

Whisk the ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved.  Add mashed fruit, about 1 1/2 cups maximum.  Pour into the ice cream maker and process for 20-22 minutes.  Store in freezer several hours before serving.  This recipe makes another great summer dessert.