Red Wine Pear Crisp with Spiced Streusel

  • sunshower41 Posted: 01/11/09
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    I made this for dessert for my family on Christmas Eve and everyone LOVED it. I thought it should have had more pears. If I make it again, I will add more because they end up shrinking almost like cooked mushrooms. Either way, this was delicious and I would make it again!

  • judithrus Posted: 12/20/08
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    This recipe is a delicious variation of fruit crisp desserts and I will make it again. I had to use a packet of weight control instant oatmeal as an emergency substitution as I had run out of regular oatmeal. While I think the regular oatmeal would be better, the instant oatmeal was an adequate substitution and the crisp was still very tasty. The red wine with mulling spices makes this crisp a good choice for a festive holiday dessert.

  • bostonsmaman Posted: 12/09/08
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    Excellent! I used a French red wine that was only semi-dry along w/ raw instead of white sugar, and I was pleased that it wasn't too sweet or wine-y tasting. I sprinkled a tsp of cornstarch over the simmered fruit right before transferring it to the baking dish b/c I used 5 instead of 4 (Bartlett) pears & it seemed soupy. It thickened the juices a bit but still came out excellent. Skipped the cream--perfect as is! It made the house smell like the holidays!

  • Ringo08 Posted: 11/28/08
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    This was soooooooo delicious! My husband didn't believe it was low-fat. I will definately make this again and make sure to double the recipe so there is more leftovers! And maybe add some raspberries for something different. Will make again and again.

  • TeresaMichelsen Posted: 01/02/09
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    I'm giving this a 5 instead of a 4, because even though I made mistakes it is still excellent. The most important one is that I think you're supposed to add the juice along with the pears into the cobbler dish - I didn't, and mine was a bit dry, but the flavor was still excellent. The pears on their own don't have enough juice once they've been simmering already. Also, I would make it with more volume of pears, or at least make sure you're using very large pears. There was more than enough streusel. A very nice dish and a great change from typical cobblers.

  • jeichert1980 Posted: 11/06/10
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    I enjoyed the recipe with a little scoop of ice cream. However, someone who tasted it didn't like it because of the wine/spice combo. She doesn't drink wine, so maybe that's the reason for not liking the flavors.

  • delicous Posted: 12/09/08
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    This is the best cobbler-type recipe I have ever had. I think it's the wine that gives it its unique taste. It doesn't taste at all low-fat and it's very easy to make. Will make it again and again.

  • mollydollyk Posted: 12/19/11
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    I made this for a potluck and it’s in the oven right now. Even though I haven’t tried it yet from the smell and taste tests I know it’s going to be good. The only thing I wonder about is the excess wine sauce for the pears. I put it in to the baking dish and I am a little worried it’s going to make the topping mushy. I guess we’ll see how it goes.


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