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Maple-Sauced Pears

6 pears
1/2 cup brown sugar - (packed)
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.


This recipe yields 6 servings.


For a honey of a pear, use 1/4 cup honey instead of the maple syrup for a sweet change of pace.


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