You won't need an excuse to indulge in this updated classic, but if you do, remember that fruit contributes to your 5-a-day!
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If you want to use a slow cooker...
Tip the sugar, spices, lemon zest, vanilla and ginger with 500ml of water into your slow cooker, cover and cook on High until the sugar has totally dissolved- about 15 mins. Add the pears, turn the heat to Low and cook for 2-3 hours until tender. They'll now keep for up to 2 days in their syrup. Make the chocolate sauce and serve according to step 2, above.
Pears with pork
Throwing wedges of pear in with a roast pork joint 20 mins before it’s ready. Serve the roasted pears alongside the carved meat.