Caramel Pear Pudding

Ingredients

* 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

Directions

* In a large bowl, combine the 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. Yield: 10 servings.