Old-Fashioned Pear Dessert Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Pear Dessert Recipe

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This never-fails pear recipe turns out moist, firm and fruity every time. Some members of our family request these rich squares instead of cake for their birthdays.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups chopped peeled ripe pears

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 430 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 511mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, 3 tablespoons sugar and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks and lemon juice; stir into dry ingredients with a fork. Remove 1 cup to another bowl; stir in the remaining sugar and set aside for the topping.
  2. Press remaining crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, for filling, combine the sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, salt and cinnamon in a small saucepan; slowly stir in water and lemon juice until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla.
  4. Toss pears with remaining cornstarch; spoon over crust. Top with filling. Sprinkle with reserved topping. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Pear Dessert in Country Woman September/October 2006, p41

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Reviewed Jun. 21, 2016

"I made this today and it turned out perfect. it was absolutely delicious. The crust was moist and easy to work with. I imagine it would be great with peaches."

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Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"The taste of the filling and crust was good, however, the crust did not have enough liquid in it and I followed the directions exactly as written. Also, using an 8" by 8" baking pan is way too small. The crust was about 3/4 inch thick and was hard on the bottom of the pan, and falling apart on the sides. My son said it was like eating uncooked flour."

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"This is delicious, it is great as a breakfast coffee cake or as a dessert with ice cream."

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Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"This recipe was just okay for me.

The biggest problems was having the egg yolks in the crust. It tasted eggy, and that's never good to me.
As for the filling... It's really unnecessary. If you toss the pears with some cornstarch, sugar, and cinnamon, that should really be enough. there's no reason to add extra water to an already wet fruit. It will just end up putting extra goop in your cobbler, if I could call it that."

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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"Oh my gosh this is soooo good. My family loved it."

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