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!
Red Wine Pear Crisp with Spiced Streusel
sunshower41 Posted: 01/11/09
judithrus Posted: 12/20/08
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.