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Maple Sauced Pears

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


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

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

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

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

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.

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