Ehhh hehm…may I introduce you to my new favorite fall sip? This slow cooker pear cider has me wondering why I have only been giving apples the cider treatment for so long.
I have actually been dreaming of pear cider for what feels like FOREVER!
Literally, waiting and waiting until the weather was just right and I had a day where I could stay at home all day and inhale its amazing aroma as it cooked.
Last weekend I finally had that day – an entire Saturday with a house full of kids and nowhere really pressing to be. It had to happen!
I started the cider first thing in the morning before anyone else was stirring – I wanted to really savor the moment, play a little music and take in all of the spices. It was magical and for the next 8 hours our house smelled like absolute heaven!
- 8 medium pears, assorted types ( I used Red Anjou, Bartlett, & Bosc)
- 1 orange
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 2-3 slices of fresh ginger
- 1 whole nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 6 cups filtered water
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- Wash the pears and orange then cut into quarters. Seeds, peels and stems are OK. Place the fruit in the bottom of your slow cooker Add the cinnamon sticks, star anise, ginger slices, nutmeg and cloves.
- Fill to the top of the slow cooker with water, leaving about an ¼-1/2-inch of space at the top. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or on low heat for 6-8 hours.
- An hour before the cider is done cooking, use a potato masher to mash the fruit once it is softened. Cook for an additional hour.
- Strain the pear cider through a fine-mesh strainer or cheese cloth into a clean pitcher or pot, pressing on the solids to get all of the juice out of the fruit. Stir in the maple syrup until it is dissolved and serve hot.
- The cider can be stored in a heat-safe container for up to 5 days.