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.

baked pears


warmed fruit is so comforting during the cold winter months,  this recipe comes from The Low Fat Bed and Breakfast Cookbook.

It is served and the recipe is given with permission by the innkeeper at the Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast in Louisville, Kentucky.

it is very easy to prepare and very tasty.  with the addition of nutmeg, the pears just sparkle. i followed their directions perfectly and the outcome was delicious. to make the pears:  preheat the oven to 350 degrees. prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.  peel, core and cut in half two to four pears.  arrange in the baking dish.  sprinkle the pears with cinnamon and nutmeg.


next, in a small bowl, prepare the topping.  combine 2 tablespoons soft margarine with 1/4 cup brown sugar.  mix together well and spread on the pear halves.  bake in the oven for 20 minutes and serve warm.  the pears could be topped with whipped cream or even served in a bowl with yogurt and granola.  i served one pear half on a breakfast plate with the meal.  calorie count is 74 calories per serving.

sauteed pears and apples


this recipe comes from southern lady magazine, October 2008.  for the thanksgiving holiday this year, i served warmed breakfast fruit alongside french toast.  this fruit was simple to prepare and quite tasty.  i would certainly make it again for a special holiday meal.  it reminds me of warmed fruit served in pleasant hill Kentucky, while staying at shaker village.  the taste is classic and so nice for a thanksgiving brunch.  this dish would keep very nicely in a chafing dish for a holiday buffet.

to make the warmed fruit:

in a large skillet on the stove-top, heat 1/4 cup butter or margarine until melted.  add 1 cup light brown sugar, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. cook on low to medium heat.  next add 2 granny smith apples which have been sliced in 1/4 inch slices, along with 2 red d’Anjou pears, also sliced.  toss both gently into the mixture to coat.  cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.

next, remove the cover and increase the heat to medium high.  cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently until the syrup has thickened and the fruit is lightly browned and warmed through. serve warm to guests.