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Winter Spiced Pear Crisp


Oatmeal Spice Crisp Topping:
1 cup rolled or quick oatmeal
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and allspice
Pinch salt
3 ounces unsalted butter, in bits
1/4 cup finely chopped, toasted walnuts, optional
6-7 large tart firm pears, cored and diced
1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Pinch each cinnamon, cloves, and allspice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons white sugar
3 tablespoons light brown sugar


For the topping, rub the fat into the dry ingredients to make a crumbly topping. You can do this by hand or in a food processor. It will be slightly clumpy. Chill while preparing the pears.

Prepare the pears and toss with the other filling ingredients in a large bowl. Generously butter a 3-quart baking dish.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Place the baking dish on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (catches overflow if any). Spoon pear filling into pan. Distribute the topping as evenly as possible over fruit. Bake 35-45 minutes or until fruit begins to bubble and it smells great.

Serve warm or room temperature.
Serves 4-5


Apples are the usual suspect in this comfort dessert but pears shine through in this Pear Crisp rendition. What's also nice is that pears don't need peeling, as apples do, plus there are so many wonderful pears to choose from in winter; just make sure you find a firm, tasty pear. Mushy ones aren't up to being part of a baked dessert. If serving with a non dairy meal, you can offer ice-cream on the side or whipped cream.