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Gingered Pear Crisp Recipe

Here's a delicious variation on a classic apple crisp. The spark provided by the ginger complements the delicate flavor of pears. It's awesome served a la mode.—Helen Conwell, Fairhope, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 50 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds pears, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup pear nectar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup blanched almonds, toasted and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons crushed vanilla wafers
  • 4 teaspoons chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 pint caramel and vanilla ice cream

Directions

  • 1. Place pears in a large bowl; sprinkle with cornstarch and toss to coat. Combine the pear nectar, sugar and lemon juice; pour over pears and toss to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish.
  • 2. For topping, in a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, almonds, vanilla wafers, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over pear mixture.
  • 3. Bake at 375° for 50-60 minutes or until fruit is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece with 1/4 cup ice cream equals 620 calories, 27 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 80 mg cholesterol, 226 mg sodium, 92 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 8 g protein.