4 pears (preferably bosc or quince)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise pod
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Alternatively, if you leave this to cook while you're at work, you can clean out the pot and use it to cook the oatmeal that night. Just add 1 cup of steel-cut oats, 4 cups of water and a pinch of salt to the slow cooker and start it before you go to bed. You'll be rewarded with smooth, creamy oatmeal when you awake.
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