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9 servings

The brandy imparts a great flavor to this simple dessert, but you can substitute 1/4 cup apple juice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract if you prefer. Be sure to use very ripe pears so you don't end up with crunchy or overly firm fruit in the cobbler.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Drizzle the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Arrange pear halves in 3 rows, cut sides down, over the butter. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, milk, and brandy, and stir until well-blended. Spoon the batter around the pear halves. Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and lemon rind; sprinkle over pear halves. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

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