Autumn Pear Crumble

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.

 

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