Carrie Fehr

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Pear Ginger Crumble

Pear Ginger Crumble PhotoWhenever I find myself with an abundance of ripe pears, I am powerless to resist turning these little beauties into a fragrant crumble that is perfect for the cooler days of fall, when I crave a little comfort of a warm treat.  Oats, almonds and crystallized ginger give this crumb topping its flavor, along with the extra virgin olive oil.  Simply scatter the topping over the pears, pop it into the oven, breathe and serve!

Ingredients:

Topping

1 cup oats

¼ cup flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup almonds, chopped

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8  cup crystallized ginger, chopped

½ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Filling:

8 ripe Bartlett pears (about 4 pounds), cut into 2” chunks

½ lemon, juiced

¼ cup sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Topping:  Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon, crystallized ginger and salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and stir until evenly moist.

Filling:  Combine pears, lemon juice and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the pears.

Bake the crumble until the pears are tender and the topping is golden, 45 to 50 minutes.

Pear Ginger Crumble

20130930_0557Whenever I find myself with an abundance of ripe pears, I am powerless to resist turning these little beauties into a fragrant crumble that is perfect for the cooler days of fall, when I crave a little comfort of a warm treat.  Oats, almonds and crystallized ginger give this crumb topping its flavor, along with the extra virgin olive oil.  Simply scatter the topping over the pears, pop it into the oven, breathe and serve!

Ingredients:

Topping

1 cup oats

¼ cup flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup almonds, chopped

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8  cup crystallized ginger, chopped

½ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Filling:

8 ripe Bartlett pears (about 4 pounds), cut into 2” chunks

½ lemon, juiced

¼ cup sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Topping:  Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon, crystallized ginger and salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and stir until evenly moist.

Filling:  Combine pears, lemon juice and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the pears.

Bake the crumble until the pears are tender and the topping is golden, 45 to 50 minutes.

Roasted Caramel Pears

Roasted sweet pears with luscious syrupy caramel, is a flavor combination so insanely delicious, that it needs no embellishment. It can stand-alone. Roasted caramel pears are a snap to prepare, and with just a few ingredients you have an over-the-top dish that will surely impress everyone around your table.

Ancient Greeks, praised pears as gifts of the gods, and given the power of their nutritional punch, it makes a lot of sense.  This goddess of fruit is a great source of energy, and a goldmine of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  It’s not surprising that pears were an important symbol held sacred in ancient times.

Serve bubbling hot, dripping in caramel, with a dollop of Greek yogurt, or sprinkle with toasted nuts or granola, if you like.

Roasted Caramel Pears

Ingredients:

5 large pears, Bartlett or Anjou

3 tablespoons sugar

2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ lemon, juiced

¼ cup water

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Butter a sheet pan and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar until the pan is lightly coated.

Slice pears in half, and then use a melon baller to remove the core.  Place the pears cut side up on sheet pan.  Dot the pears with butter and sprinkle with remaining sugar.  Squeeze lemon juice over the top of the pears and place in the oven.

Roast for 30 minutes and remove from oven.  Using a spatula, turn over each pear so cut side is facing down.  Add water.  Bake another 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown.

Pear Compote with Chai Spice Cookie

This dish captures the flavors we love about fall, sweet juicy pears, notes of ginger, and honey, complimented by an aromatic chai spice cookie.  It is the perfect antidote for warming up a cold night.

Pear compote not only keeps well in the refrigerator, but it’s also a dessert that is good for your body and has a multitude of health benefits.

Top it over pancakes or oatmeal, or layer it with yogurt and granola for an afternoon energy boosting treat.

A special blend of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and white pepper, along with tiny flecks of crystallized ginger is what gives these soft and chewy, chai spice cookies their unique taste.  Combined with pear compote, this autumn favorite is a great way to celebrate the season.

Give it a try!  Click here for the Pear Compote recipe, and here for the Chai Spice Cookie recipe.