Coconut-mocha poached pears | Living the Country Life

Coconut-mocha poached pears

Poached pears are easy in the slow cooker, and these are topped with a decadent mocha sauce and toasted coconut.

Number of Servings: 8
Prep: 20 min
Slow Cook:  3 1/2 to 4 hours (low)

6 medium ripe yet firm fresh pears
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup unsweetened light coconut milk
1/3 cup strong coffee
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur or strong coffee
 Light frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed (optional)
 Toasted coconut* (optional)
 Grated chocolate (optional)

Note: Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

1. Peel pears; quarter pears lengthwise and remove cores. Place pears in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. In a bowl stir together sugar and cocoa powder. Stir in coconut milk, coffee, and liqueur. Pour mixture over pears in cooker.

2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until pears are tender.

3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pears to dessert dishes. Spoon cooking liquid over pears. If desired, top with dessert topping; sprinkle with coconut and chocolate. (To toast coconut, preheat oven to 350°F. Spread coconut on a baking sheet.  Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until light brown, watching carefully and stirring once or twice.)

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