Sunday, November 04, 2007

SUNDAY NIGHT DESSERT (Have you put your garden to bed?) ~ AUTUMN PEAR CRISP

"The snapping of pitch from a burning log,
The faint scent of pine filling the room.
Flames leaping about as if it were a ballet
Performing for its audience.
The soft, comforting glow of candlelight,
Bringing with it serenity and quiet thoughts."

- Linda Christensen ( Autumn's Beauty )

~ Quiet evening by the fire (Hubbard Lake)

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AUTUMN PEAR CRISP
~ Daylight savings is always a shock! Sit back and relax by the crackling fire with a lovely glass of port and this delicious autumn dessert.
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6 cups (ripe but firm) peeled, cored, and sliced Bartlett, Bosc, or Comice pears
(or similar seasonal apples)
1 cup plump raisins, soaked in port
1/2 -3/4 cup brown sugar (depending on sweetness of fruit)
2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon (or 1 tsp. nutmeg)
Topping:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
scant salt
1 lightly beaten egg
1 stick melted butter
  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
  • Combing pears (apples) plumped raisins, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Toss well. sprinkle with flour and cinnamon (nutmeg). Toss well. Set aside.
  • Combine flour, sugar & salt. Mix well. Cut in egg with pastry blender or fork and combine thoroughly until mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
  • Fluff pear mixture well and transfer to lightly greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread into prepared pan and top evenly with flour mixture. Drizzle with melted butter.
  • Pop into oven and bake 35-45 minutes until topping is golden brown and crisp. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving. Finish dessert with dollop of whipped cream or hearty scoops of good vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.

5 comments:

Nancy said...

Joey, I love everything about your post today! The poem, the serene photo, and the recipe. I love pears and I love crisps, but I've never made a pear crisp. Might have to try it this week. Thank you for your nice comments on my blog.

Gina said...

Oooh, thanks Joey ~ I've been looking for something to make with pears ~ it sounds divine! That stone fireplace is lovely - is it yours?

Mark said...

Hi Joey,
great image you are painting, certainly does get the mind going....Love the sunset pictures through the trees.Like I said i am sure we are working parallel, as you will seee soon.

Through to the second round, going to be tight.

Cheers Mark

joey said...

Thanks Nancy ... I adore pears, which reminds me to look for my pear bread recipe. Love it ...

Give it a try, Gina, and if you truly love pears as I do, make the SPINACH PEAR SALAD (Nov 1st post), a special request from my youngest son for his birthday dinner.

Yes, that lovely fireplace is at our lake house 'Wa-gi-daa-king' on picturesque Hubbard Lake. It was taken this past Saturday after raking, washing windows, running around the lake for a photo shoot, winterizing my ill sister's home, football, then blessed with an awesome sunset (previous post). A perfect day!

Yea, Mark! Still rooting for you ... HUM! Now you really have me curious about this 'working parallel' notion!

Kerri said...

YUM YUM!!