9 servings

The brandy imparts a great flavor to this simple dessert, but you can substitute 1/4 cup apple juice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract if you prefer. Be sure to use very ripe pears so you don't end up with crunchy or overly firm fruit in the cobbler.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Drizzle the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Arrange pear halves in 3 rows, cut sides down, over the butter. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, milk, and brandy, and stir until well-blended. Spoon the batter around the pear halves. Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and lemon rind; sprinkle over pear halves. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Ratings & Reviews

Awesome Dessert

November 29, 2015
This is delicious and refreshing. It is truly adaptable to organic or gluten free. I love it!

kidkopf's Review

July 11, 2011
This recipe is truly delicious and easy. I use some pear liquor and it was great. I am not even a big cooked fruit fan, but this was perfect!

iowasal's Review

January 15, 2010
Everyone loves it and asks for the recipe. I have been making it since I found it in COOKING LIGHT. It is an all season, all occasion desert, especially with pears available all year round. I have had to use SPLENDA occasionally and it turns out just as awesome as the normal recipe, though I bake it for 6 minutes less. I have also used brandy, rum, peach vodka and triple sec if no whiskey was available.

Bunny1's Review

November 08, 2008
Not only is this easy to make, it is delicious! I made it for dinner guests and they loved it. I would highly recommend this for a special occasion dessert for guests, or an easy and delicious treat for your family.