the recipe is directly from kraft.ca and i only modified it slightly (used less sugar, more lemon, omitted whipped cream).
we were recently gifted a basket full of beautiful home-grown organic pears, fresh off the tree.
it’s nice to go shopping for ingredients when i know what i’m going to make. but i also like when the ingredients available inspire the hunt for a good recipe… i decided on a pear crisp, since i’d never made one before and it had been a long while since i had made a sweet dish…
i peeled and cut the pears into chunks…
preheated oven to 375 F / 190 C.
- zested a lemon to give about 1 teaspoon of peel
- squeezed the juice out of the lemon (about 4 and a half teaspoons)
- (and yes, i did use the leftover lemon and rind to do this :-))
- mixed 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons flour and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- added pears, lemon zest and juice and tossed til pears were coated.
- spooned into 2L casserole (vintage pyrex optional, but recommended, hehe)
- in another bowl, mixed brown sugar, remaining granulated sugar, flour and cinnamon.
- cut in butter (i used two knives, but a pastry blender would work too) til it formed coarse crumbs.
- sprinkled this mixture over the pears.
- added sliced almonds on top and baked 40-45 mins until the topping was golden brown and the pears were hot and bubbly. the kitchen smelled incredible…
a few notes:
- the lemon makes the recipe! it gives it a subtle tart edge.
- the almonds add texture and are so flavourful when toasted.
- i try to ease back on the sugar in recipes. the pears were ripe and very sweet, and i used about 3/4 of the recommended amount of sugar. (the amounts listed above are from the actual recipe)
i could probably have used even less, it came out quite sweet. delicious though. i think it would go very well with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. you know…since i cut back on the sugar and all.
pears are in season here, and i think i’ll be going to the farmer’s market this weekend to see what else is fresh and available. i love this time of year for the market. and for family with generous trees!© imadeitso, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to ana at imadeitso.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.