This dessert looks so good I could just about eat the picture! The pears and the cranberries are plentiful this time of year. One word of caution: do NOT use the high setting on your slow cooker for this. It will cause the fruit to break down and become mushy. Slow and easy does it!
Recipe & photo: kraftfoods.com
In a small bowl, mix dry pudding mix, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and cinnamon until well blended. Mix the fruit in a large bowl with 1/4 cup of the melted butter. Add the pudding mixture and mix lightly.
Spoon into the slow cooker; cover with lid. Cook on LOW for 3 to 4 hours.
While the mixture is cooking, combine the crushed wafers, nuts, remaining sugar and butter in a shallow microwaveable dish. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute; stir. Microwave another 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 30 seconds. Cool.
Just before serving, sprinkle the dessert with crumb mixture. Top each serving with whipped topping, if desired--or vanilla ice cream!
NOTE: do NOT cook on the HIGH setting of the slow cooker. This will cause the fruit to break down and become mushy.