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Pear Pandowdy

I pulled out this recipe one night when my husband was craving something sweet, and it was a big hit with both of us. It's a superb last-minute dessert that almost melts in your mouth. —Jennifer Class, Kirkland, Washington.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 medium firm pears, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • In a small saucepan, combine the first 6 ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until pears are tender, about 5 minutes. Pour into a greased 3-cup baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in water. Sprinkle over pear mixture. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 375° until a toothpick inserted into topping comes out clean and topping is lightly browned, 20-25 minutes. If desired, serve warm with ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 594 calories, 32g fat (20g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 572mg sodium, 76g carbohydrate (45g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • DawnMarie82
    Jul 28, 2013

    A family favorite. My picky little eaters will gladly finish their dinners to get a taste and are all to happy to "help" me make this dessert even though I've been making it since I saw it in a ToH magazine years ago! I do usually make extra topping and add brown sugar to it, but the recipe is delicious without modification. I have substituted apples when pears were unavailable and that was delightful as well

  • krystaljoy
    Jan 28, 2010

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