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.
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
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
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add first 6 ingredients; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Place pear mixture in a 2-quart casserole lightly coated with cooking spray.
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.
Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until crumbs measure 3/4 cup. Stir breadcrumbs and nuts into flour mixture.
Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over pear mixture. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden.
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.