Have you hopped on the toaster oven dessert train yet? If not, now is the time and crostatas are the reason. Tapping into the power of your toaster oven (for more than just reheating pizza) is a real pro move—especially on occasions when you’re regularly oven is fully occupied or temporarily out of commission. Heck, the toaster oven can be the perfect alternative even if you simply want to save a little energy or perhaps let the kids have a bit more hands-on control in the kitchen. That said, nothing drives home the fact of a toaster oven’s versatility better than these easy pear crostatas—an elegant, company worthy desert that guests would never guess you whipped up in the toaster oven. We won’t tell if you won’t.
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting surface
1/2 (14.1-oz.) pkg. refrigerated pie crust
2 small pears, thinly sliced
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. sliced almonds
1 large egg, beaten
3 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. orange zest (from 1 orange)
How to Make It
Preheat toaster oven to 400°F. Unroll pie crust onto a lightly floured surface, and cut in half. Roll cut edge out to a slightly circular angle.
Combine pears, brown sugar, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons flour in a bowl; toss to coat. Place half of the pear mixture in 1 of the crust portions; place remaining half of pear mixture in second crust portion. Sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of almonds. Wrap edges of dough over fruit mixture forming a 6- to 7-inch crostata. Brush with egg wash.
Place both crostatas on a small rimmed baking sheet lightly coated with baking spray or lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and the fruit is softened, 18 to 20 minutes.
Combine honey and orange zest in a microwavable bowl, and microwave on HIGH 20 seconds. Brush honey mixture over both crostatas. Top with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
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