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Pear Gingerbread Cobbler Recipe

Pear Gingerbread Cobbler Recipe

A sure sign that fall is truly here is when my family asks me to make my signature gingerbread cobbler. Over the years it's been given the nickname of “Autumn in the Oven”. Clever, right? —Cheryl Peterman, Prescott, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 4 cups sliced peeled fresh pears (about 4 medium)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, combine the first five ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until pears are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into pears. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in crystallized ginger. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking dish.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat buttermilk, sugar, molasses, egg and oil until sugar is dissolved. In another bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients; gradually beat into buttermilk mixture. Pour over pear mixture.
  • 4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until filling is bubbly and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 277 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 215mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 247835
Reviewed May. 3, 2016

"I made this dessert and I'd used 2 15-oz. cans of pears, drained, which I sliced, rather than using fresh pears since I'd had them on hand. Instead of the 1/2 cup of water, I'd used the pear juice from one of the cans of pears. I'd used 1/2 tsp. salt, rather than the 1/4 tsp. salt for the dry ingredients and I'd used freeze-dried ginger since I couldn't find crystalized ginger for the pear filling! I also found that I'd needed to bake this dessert for a total of 40 minutes, rather than 20 to 25 minutes! I was pleased with how this dessert came out! Thank you for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein"

CatMurphy User ID: 7117971 180921
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"I love the flavors of this cobbler recipe. I increased the cinnamon to 1/2 tsp. and served it warm with vanilla ice cream. Delicious!"

LindaS_WI User ID: 7202558 186122
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2013

"I can't think of a better fall dessert. Fills the house with a great aroma when it's baking."

maryannet User ID: 1456288 151023
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"tasty. I don't like peeling pears because they are slippery. This recipe was worth the effort. The cobbler doesn't cobble it is more like a cake on top. This is a nice dessert."

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 179973
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"The brightness of the pears and the warmth of the gingerbread and spices creates an irresistible autumn treat. A very inventive recipe!"

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