To top off a fall feast, food blogger Caroline Lubbers insists that pears are the way to go.
Pear Crisp with Maple Pecan Crumble
Serves six to eight
6 c. Anjou or Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into ½-inch-thick slices
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 c. flour
½ c. old-fashioned oats
½ c. pure maple sugar (or brown sugar)
1/3 c. toasted, chopped pecans
¼ tsp. salt
1/3 c. unsalted butter, cold, cut into ¼-inch cubes
Cream or vanilla ice cream for serving
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Drizzle lemon juice over sliced pears.
3. In a mixing bowl, combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over pears and toss to coat.
4. For the topping, combine flour, oats, maple sugar, pecans, and salt, using a whisk to mix thoroughly. Then add cubes of butter individually, using your fingers to pinch and mix each cube with the dry ingredients until a crumble forms.
5. Put pear slices in a greased 8-by-8-inch baking dish or a large, deep pie plate. Sprinkle crumble topping over pears.
6. Bake 45-55 minutes or until pears are bubbly and soft and the topping browns.
7. Serve warm with cream drizzled on top or with vanilla ice cream.
Photo: Courtesy of Caroline Lubbers
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