I love the orange in this recipe. However, the recipe itself needs some work. I did one batch per the instructions and then a second batch in the crock pot as some of the reviewers suggested. My advice, DO NOT DO IT IN THE CROCK POT! The first batch was gorgeous. The crockpot batch was a total disaster. The crockpot certainly doesn't save any time. I still had to mash the pears and now they're boiling on the stove because the crockpot produced twice as much liquid as the stove version. It's going to take me twice as long to finish the recipe now. Also, the crockpot pears are way too dark and have a horrible, stringy consistency, yet I used the same pears as I did in the first batch. Anyway, I adjusted the recipe by using about 7 pounds of pears, 1/3 cup of orange juice and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. Also, I used only 1 1/4 cups of sugar and it was perfect. It took about an hour and a half for the first round of pears to soften. I then put them in the kitchen aid mixer and let them go for a few minutes. I poured them into a saucepan on medium to simmer for 3 hours. Stir frequently (about every 15-20 minutes).
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I love the orange in this recipe. However, the recipe itself needs some work. I did one...