Recipe adapted from this recipe for pear applesauce on Oh My Veggies. Makes 2 cups of pear sauce.
6 large meaty pears (I like Bartletts)
2 two-inch pieces of lemon zest
1 packet Stevia-in-the-Raw or 2 tsp brown sugar
1 small cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 heaping tsp each: powdered ginger, ground cardamom and ground cloves
Peel and core the pears, and cut into 1-inch chunks. Spray the inside of a 3-quart slow cooker with cooking spray, and add the pears along with the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
Cook on LOW for 5-1/2 hours.
Uncover the slow cooker and use a wooden spoon to smash the pears to the desired consistency. If you prefer a very smooth sauce, remove the cinnamon stick and lemon zest, and purée the sauce with an immersion blender.
Cook uncovered for 30 minutes.
Serve hot, or pack into containers, cool completely, and refrigerate.