anna coldEveryone has been talking about this Polar Vortex that is causing the ridiculous cold all over the place.  It is something crazy like -15 degrees in New York- here is a picture of my adorable niece on her way to school.  It is 20 degrees in Charleston today and it feels like 9.  And compared to New York, I shouldn’t really complain, but guess what, our heat went out.  I waited for the heating guy to come this morning fully dressed, under the covers of my still warm bed, with gloves on, playing Candy Crush on my phone.  Fortunately, he was very speedy and heat was returned to our house.  When I used to live in New York, occasionally we would run out of oil on a very cold day, and I would wait with Walker and both dogs huddled in bed, but the difference is that we had a fire place in our bedroom back then and that made a significant difference.  I was thinking fondly of that fireplace this morning as I waited, and I also started thinking about turning on the oven and sitting next to while I waited but decided that might not be the best idea.  However, thoughts of the oven and Candy Crush did inspire me to look for warm dessert recipes, and this caramel and pear pudding recipe from Taste of Home that you make in a slow cooker is just the trick for a cold cold day!

Caramel and Pear Pudding


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup 2% milk
4 medium pears, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup boiling water
Vanilla ice cream, optional


In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and cloves. Stir in milk until smooth. Add pears and pecans. Spread evenly into a 3-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and butter; stir in boiling water. Pour over batter (do not stir). Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until pears are tender. Serve warm with ice cream if desired.

One Response to “Cold Weather Calls for Hot Desserts”

  1. I’ve been on a crock pot binge and have to admit I just love the way desserts simmering in the crockpot make the house smell. Can’t wait to try this one.

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