I came across a beautiful bag of pears at my farmer’s market the other day for $1.00. That’s right, $1.00. It was the perfect opportunity to grab a great deal and go investigate some warm and comforting dessert recipes utilizing this scrumptious fruit. After several deletes and additions to an old recipe I had, I came up with this cinnamon spiced pear dessert with a hint of orange flavoring throughout. A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top finishes it off beautifully. Enjoy!
6-7 medium size pears, sliced lengthwise into 1/2 inch thick slices
1 T fresh lemon juice
1/3 granulated sugar
1 T cornstarch
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup orange juice
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 tsp salt
3 T chilled butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup oats
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine sliced pears and lemon juice in a 2 quart baking dish. Toss gently to coat.
Combine granulated sugar, cornstarch and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a small bowl. Add to pears and toss well.
Pour orange juice in corner of 2 quart dish so that it spreads underneath pears onto the bottom of dish.
Combine flour, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in food processor, pulse until combined.
Add chilled butter and pulse until mixture resembles a coarse meal.
Add oats and walnuts, pulse 2-3 more times.
Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over pears.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, until pears are tender and topping is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes and serve warm with ice cream.