Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Easy, delicious dessert

Pears are in season from now through the mid-winter months. We tend to get lots of pears as Christmas gifts (Harry & David's, you know) and need to figure out how to use a lot of them fast. They're great to eat as is, but when you have more than you really know what to do with, try this tasty dessert, served with lowfat ice cream, frozen yogurt or other creamy (but no-guilt) topping. This amount can feed a crowd, but feel free to cut the ingredients in half to serve to your family.

Recipe: Pear Crumble
Serves 10
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup whole-wheat or all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 tablespoons canola oil


3 1/2 pounds ripe but firm Anjou pears, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced crystallized ginger

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. To prepare topping: Combine oats, walnuts, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Drizzle with oil and stir until evenly moist.
  3. To prepare filling: Combine pears, maple syrup, raisins, flour, lemon juice and ginger in a large bowl and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the pears.
  4. Bake the crumble until the pears are tender and the topping is golden, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.

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