pears

Pear and Ginger Crisp

I always buy bananas. They don't get eaten, so then I make a variety of banana breads.

Recently I have been buying pears. They don't get eaten, so I've been making sauce and baked pears and crisps.

What is this? Do Ed and I just not like fresh fruit?

I guess so, when, at night, I see that we are munching on popcorn and nuts instead.

But I keep trying. Meantime, the banana breads and the fruit crisps are very tasty. 

I just bought a lot of grapefruits. Let's see what happens.

Anyway, here's a recipe for a delightful pear crisp.

 

Pear and Ginger Crisp

filling:

  • 6 ripe pears
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped or grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt

crust:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold margarine or firm coconut oil

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

To make the filling: peel, core and slice the pears and place them in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar, flour and salt. Toss the ingredients gently and place in a baking dish. Set aside.

To make the crust: combine the flour, oats, brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Add the fat in chunks and work into the dry ingredients with hands or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Scatter over the pear mixture. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving. Best if served warm.

 Makes 6-8 servings

 

Roasted Pears with Orange Maple Sauce

Somehow, even after after a heavy meal, most of us still find room for dessert. Me included! But I don't like feeling overstuffed, so I prefer something lighter, made with fruit, rather than a hunk of cake or pie.

I made these roasted pears recently -- the recipe is very easy and only has a few ingredients. It's a perfect finale to a Hanukkah meal, which tends to include lots of rich dairy foods and fried everything. You can make the pears a day ahead and stuff the hollows with whipped cream or ice cream, just before serving.

For us, the big Hanukkah meal is always a roasted goose with all the trimmings -- braised red cabbage, potato latkes -- the works! Roasted pears for dessert, for sure! Plain. Maybe with sorbet.

Roasted Pears with Orange-Maple Sauce

  • 3 large ripe Bartlett pears
  • half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ice cream, whipped cream or sorbet

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel the pears, cut them in half and remove the inner core and seeds. Rub the surface with the cut half of a lemon. Place the pear halves in a baking dish just large enough to hold them so they don’t tip over. Mix the juice, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract and spoon over the pears. Roast for about 25-30 minutes, basting occasionally with the pan juices, or until the pears are tender. Remove the pears and let them cool. Serve the pears with the pan juices and ice cream, whipped cream or sorbet if desired. (If the pan juices seem too thin, pour the liquid into a small saucepan, cook on high heat for a minute or so or until syrupy. Set aside to cool.)

Makes 6 servings

 

Baked Pears

Did you ever wonder where cinnamon came from? I don’t mean the place, I mean the plant. I knew that it was produced from tree bark, but never would have recognized the tree. 
 Well, here it is. A guide showed this tree to us as we walked through the magnificent Botanical Garden in the Seychelles. A cinnamon tree! 
 It makes sense that one of our most used and most beloved spices comes from something so r egal, magnificent, stately.     
  Not only is the tree a beauty to behold, but it’s fragrant as well. Scratch the surface with a finger and there’s no mistaking what it is.   
  In the Seychelles you can buy thick pieces of cinnamon bark in most markets. Our guide told us that c  innamon sticks, which don’t have the crusty, rugged surface, are taken from the young limbs of the tree. The bark, apparently, has several kinds of medicinal benefits. But the sticks, as most of us know, make all sorts of food taste wonderful.  
  Like these baked pears, a warm, sweet-scented, lovely-looking dessert.  
     

   Baked Pears 
     
  4 large ripe pears  
  half a lemon  
  1 cup red wine  
  1 cup sugar  
  2 cinnamon sticks  
  6 whole cloves  
  pinch of salt, optional  
  crushed amaretti cookies, optional  
     

  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel the pears, cut them in half and remove the cores. Rub the cut surface with the lemon half, reserving the lemon. Place the pears in a baking dish. In a saucepan, combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, salt and the half lemon. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat, cook for two minutes and remove the pan from the heat. Let the mixture cool for 2-3 minutes. Strain the liquid and pour it over the pears. Cover the baking dish and bake the pears for 20 minutes, basting them once or twice. Uncover the dish and bake for another 10 minutes, basting once or twice, or until the pears are tender. Let the pears cool slightly. Serve topped with pan juices and crushed amaretti cookies. Makes 4-8 servings

Did you ever wonder where cinnamon came from? I don’t mean the place, I mean the plant. I knew that it was produced from tree bark, but never would have recognized the tree.

Well, here it is. A guide showed this tree to us as we walked through the magnificent Botanical Garden in the Seychelles. A cinnamon tree!

It makes sense that one of our most used and most beloved spices comes from something so regal, magnificent, stately. 

Not only is the tree a beauty to behold, but it’s fragrant as well. Scratch the surface with a finger and there’s no mistaking what it is.

In the Seychelles you can buy thick pieces of cinnamon bark in most markets. Our guide told us that cinnamon sticks, which don’t have the crusty, rugged surface, are taken from the young limbs of the tree. The bark, apparently, has several kinds of medicinal benefits. But the sticks, as most of us know, make all sorts of food taste wonderful.

Like these baked pears, a warm, sweet-scented, lovely-looking dessert.

 

Baked Pears

 

4 large ripe pears

half a lemon

1 cup red wine

1 cup sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

6 whole cloves

pinch of salt, optional

crushed amaretti cookies, optional

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel the pears, cut them in half and remove the cores. Rub the cut surface with the lemon half, reserving the lemon. Place the pears in a baking dish. In a saucepan, combine the wine, sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, salt and the half lemon. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat, cook for two minutes and remove the pan from the heat. Let the mixture cool for 2-3 minutes. Strain the liquid and pour it over the pears. Cover the baking dish and bake the pears for 20 minutes, basting them once or twice. Uncover the dish and bake for another 10 minutes, basting once or twice, or until the pears are tender. Let the pears cool slightly. Serve topped with pan juices and crushed amaretti cookies. Makes 4-8 servings

Baked Stuffed Pears

We finished all the  baked apples  I made the other day. And not only did I miss having one for dessert last night, I missed the sugary floral fragrance of baking fruit.  Unfortunately I didn’t have an apple left.  But — pears do just as well.  Like these:      BAKED STUFFED PEARS      6 firm pears  1/2 lemon  2/3 cup chopped almonds  1/3 cup sugar  2 tablespoons softened butter, maragrine or coconut oil  2 tablespoons raisins or currants  1-1/2 tablespoons dark rum  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract  1/4 teaspoon almond extract  1/2 cup water  ice cream, sorbet or sweetened mascarpone cheese, optional     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel, halve and core the pears. Rub the surfaces with the cut side of the lemon. Place the halves in a baking dish, cut side up. In a small bowl, combine the almonds, sugar, butter, raisins, rum, vanilla and almond extracts and mix ingredients until they are evenly distributed. Place equal amounts of the stuffing into the core of each pear. Add the water to the dish. Cover and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the cover, baste 2-3 times and continue to bake for another 10 minutes, or until tender, basting occasionally. Serve plain or with ice cream or sweetened mascarpone cheese.   Makes 6 servings.    

We finished all the baked apples I made the other day. And not only did I miss having one for dessert last night, I missed the sugary floral fragrance of baking fruit.

Unfortunately I didn’t have an apple left.

But — pears do just as well.

Like these:

 

BAKED STUFFED PEARS

 

6 firm pears

1/2 lemon

2/3 cup chopped almonds

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons softened butter, maragrine or coconut oil

2 tablespoons raisins or currants

1-1/2 tablespoons dark rum

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup water

ice cream, sorbet or sweetened mascarpone cheese, optional

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel, halve and core the pears. Rub the surfaces with the cut side of the lemon. Place the halves in a baking dish, cut side up. In a small bowl, combine the almonds, sugar, butter, raisins, rum, vanilla and almond extracts and mix ingredients until they are evenly distributed. Place equal amounts of the stuffing into the core of each pear. Add the water to the dish. Cover and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the cover, baste 2-3 times and continue to bake for another 10 minutes, or until tender, basting occasionally. Serve plain or with ice cream or sweetened mascarpone cheese. 

Makes 6 servings. 

 

Plum and Pear Crisp

Something old, something new.   
 No, not a wedding item. Just a plain old dessert. Plum and Pear Crisp. Because I wanted to use the last of the late summer season’s prune-plums and the first of autumn’s new pears. I just happened to have some of both on hand. 
 Such a homey, comforting way to transition from one season to the next. 
     
     
    Plum and Pear Crisp  

 Crisp top 
 2 ripe pears (Bartlett, Comice or Anjou) 
 10-12 prune plums 
 1/3 cup raisins 
 1/3 cup sugar 
 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
 1 tablespoon lemon juice 

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the Crisp top and set it aside. Peel, core and deseed the pears and cut them into chunks. Place them in a bowl. Cut the plums in half, remove the pit and cut the halves again into halves. Add to the pears. Add the raisins, sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon juice. Toss the ingredients and place in a baking dish. Cover with the Crisp top and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is crispy and browned. Makes 6 servings 

 Crisp top 

  
 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
 
 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
 
 1/3 cup chopped almonds 
 1/2 cup brown sugar
 
 1/8 teaspoon salt 
 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 

 In a bowl, combine the oats, flour, almonds, brown sugar and salt and mix to combine the ingredients. Add the butter and work into the dry ingredients until they are crumbly. Spread evenly over the fruit.

Something old, something new. 

No, not a wedding item. Just a plain old dessert. Plum and Pear Crisp. Because I wanted to use the last of the late summer season’s prune-plums and the first of autumn’s new pears. I just happened to have some of both on hand.

Such a homey, comforting way to transition from one season to the next.

 

 

Plum and Pear Crisp

Crisp top

2 ripe pears (Bartlett, Comice or Anjou)

10-12 prune plums

1/3 cup raisins

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the Crisp top and set it aside. Peel, core and deseed the pears and cut them into chunks. Place them in a bowl. Cut the plums in half, remove the pit and cut the halves again into halves. Add to the pears. Add the raisins, sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon juice. Toss the ingredients and place in a baking dish. Cover with the Crisp top and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is crispy and browned. Makes 6 servings

Crisp top

1/2 cup old fashioned oats


1/3 cup all-purpose flour


1/3 cup chopped almonds

1/2 cup brown sugar


1/8 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

In a bowl, combine the oats, flour, almonds, brown sugar and salt and mix to combine the ingredients. Add the butter and work into the dry ingredients until they are crumbly. Spread evenly over the fruit.