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Pear-Pecan Crisp with Lemon Sauce Recipe

"Pear-adise on a plate" is a great way to describe this fruity crisp. A lovely lemon custard sauce tastefully tops the tender pears and crunchy topping.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 cups sliced peeled ripe pears (about 5 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions

  • 1. Place pears in a greased 8-in. square baking dish; sprinkle with sugar. In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in pecans. Sprinkle over pears. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • 3. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in the butter, lemon juice and peel. Serve with warm pear crisp. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 288 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 103 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.