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Pear and Ginger Crisp

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
This delicious pear crisp, spiced with ginger, is a wonderful fall dessert.  When it's fresh out of the oven and still hot, it's especially good with ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 1/2 pounds pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 (1-ounce) slices white bread
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, ground
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Nutrition Information

  • calories 305
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 9.6 g
  • satfat 3.1 g
  • monofat 4 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 3.4 g
  • carbohydrate 55.1 g
  • fiber 4.7 g
  • cholesterol 12 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 155 mg
  • calcium 53 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add first 6 ingredients; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Place pear mixture in a 2-quart casserole lightly coated with cooking spray.

  4. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, and salt; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.

  5. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until crumbs measure 3/4 cup. Stir breadcrumbs and nuts into flour mixture.

  6. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over pear mixture. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden.

Cook's Notes

The slight heat of ground ginger brings out the sweetness of the pears. Ground gingerroot is far more intense and peppery than fresh. If you prefer only a hint of ginger, omit it from the topping.