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Old-Fashioned Pear Dessert

 Old-Fashioned Pear Dessert
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.
9 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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

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Old-Fashioned Pear Dessert (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • or until edges are lightly browned.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 430 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 119 mg cholesterol, 511 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.