Monday, September 13, 2010

Pear Blueberry Almond Crisp

I made a pear crisp for my friend Anjali's dinner party with some local (backyard) produce. It was the perfect dish because her husband is writing a paper on locally grown food for his masters.  It doesn't get any closer to home than your backyard.

We planted a Bosc pear tree sapling when I was a kid.  It is now as tall as our house and produces bushels of pears every year.  The crunchy pears also taste great just before they ripen with a bit of salt and pepper.

There were some blueberries in the fridge so I added them in the crisp.  They added a lovely light purple colour to the pears once it came out of the oven.  They also boost the nutrition value of this dessert because they are packed with antioxidants. A crisp seems a little healthier than a crumble because of the oatmeal which contains protein and phosphorus. It's a great warm dessert to serve on a fall evening now that the weather is cooler. And your house smells wonderful when you pull a golden brown crisp out of the oven!

4-5 pears peeled and chopped into cubes
1/2 cup blueberries
1-2 tsp lemon juice to keep the pears from browning
1 tbsp maple syrup

2/3 cup oats
1/4 whole wheat flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup cold butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Peel and chop pears into small cubes and place in baking dish.  Squeeze lemon juice over it so it doesn't turn brown.  Add in blueberries and drizzle maple syrup over the fruits to add sweetness.

In a bowl, combine oats, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and coarse salt.  Cut the cold butter into small cubes so you can rub it into the mixture with your fingertips.  Once you have a coarse topping, add in the chopped almonds. Incorporate them well into the mixture and spread over the fruits.

Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbling and brown on top.  Let it cool slightly before serving. For a more indulgent dessert, top with vanilla ice cream.


Anonymous said...

Your crisp looked so delicious and mouth watering, what a great way to enjoy the pears with friend!

Suja Sugathan said...

Delicious crisps..looks so yummy...great combo said...

Lovely Pictures! Looks so delectable!

Tinsley said...

aThis recipe looks amazing. I am totally going to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

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