Sunday, October 30, 2011

pear skillet crisp


i love crisps.  any fruit topped with crunchy brown sugary goodness is well worth the 10 minutes it takes to whip up.  yep, when i do a crisp, it's always about easy and fast.  so let me share about this one.  

some lovely friends shared the bounty of their parents pear tree with us a couple of weeks ago.  some were more ripe than others and all seemed to have a few bumps and bug bites in them, but despite their appearance, they tasted wonderful.  however, the hubby isn't a big fan of pears and the boys weren't really digging them a lot.  so i was left to consume them myself.  let's just say, i was getting behind on the pears and they were getting ahead on the ripening process.  so today, i decided i would finish them up in an amazing dessert.  

please excuse my dirty stove, i'm a messy cook.

so i skinned and sliced my pears and threw them in a slightly warm skillet with a little butter substitute (i usually prefer real butter, but i like to make some treats that my little man can have too), a sprinkling of cinnamon & ground ginger, and a spoon of cane sugar (cuz it's what i had handy).  

for the topping, i was simply using up some odds and ends, but it went something like this...

1/4 c flour (i used about half rice flour, half Bob's red mill gluten free flour cuz i was using up the last of the package)
1/4 c quick oats (again, gluten free for me)
2 T cane sugar
2 T dark brown sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ground ginger
1/4 t nutmeg
dash of sea salt (like, 1/16 t)
3-5 T butter 

remember, a crisp should be easy.  use the ingredients you like and have on hand.  mix your dry ingredients first and then cut in your butter with a spoon or fork until crumbly.  
i sprinkled some pecans over half the pears and then added the crisp topping.  bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes, til the pears are warm and the topping is lightly browned and crunchy.  
i think this might be my new favorite crisp.  i mean, i love it with peaches, and rhubarb is always a winner with me, while sometimes apples are a nice change.  but this one takes the cake... er, i mean crisp.  :)  
while piping hot, top it with a little New York vanilla ice cream, and you have the perfect fall treat!  

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