Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pear Crisp and Vanilla Ice Cream

Fruit crisps and crumbles are one of my favorite desserts to make. They are super easy and let you take advantage of whatever fruit is in season. Pears have always been a favorite in my family because when they are perfectly ripe, their sweet taste is just so delicious.

I made this easy Pear Crisp the other night for dessert and teamed it with vanilla ice cream. My family couldn't get enough of it. I thought there would be enough left over for my breakfast the next morning, but no such luck. That's ok though because there's not a bigger compliment to my baking and cooking than when my family eats every bite.

This recipe is inspired by an old one from The Pioneer Woman's blog. She's fabulous of course, and has been the inspiration for many a wonderful dish on my table.

I really love all types of pears, but I've found that Bosc pears hold up the best while cooking and don't get mushy the way some types can. Store any leftovers in the fridge and I think this tastes best right out of the oven or the next day. And topping it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream makes it all the yummier in my book!!

Recipe for Pear Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream


For filling:

4-5 large Bosc pears
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

For topping:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 stick butter melted

Good quality vanilla ice cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel, core, and dice pears. Put into a bowl and add 2/3 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir together, then set aside.
In another bowl, combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped pecans. While stirring ingredients, drizzle in melted butter and stir together until combined. Place pears in baking dish, spread crumb topping over pears evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Makes 4-5 servings.



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