October 03, 2004

Pear & Cranberry Crumble

I found myself with an abundance of pears, cranberries and bananas this weekend. Here was game plan #1: pear cranberry crumble. I had it hot with Ben & Jerry's Vanilla Lite ice cream. It was heavenly.

From the Joy of Cooking:

Streusel Topping
2/3 cup AP flour
2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
2/3 cup sugar
5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

1. Blend with a fork or pulse in a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Pear Streusel Tart (modified for a crumble)
1.Peel,core, and slice 1/4" thick: 1 1/2lbs ripe pears
2.Measure 3 cups pears and toss with:
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp AP flour
3. Cover evenly with streusel.
4. Bake until the pears feel tender when pierced with a fork, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack. Serve on the day it is made.


Anonymous said... HiI just discoved your blog and I love the recipes you've put up.Just curious...what happens to the cranberries?

alicat said... Thanks for stopping by! :) The cranberries held their shape fairly well, although when you eat them they certainly melt in your mouth, and they definitely mellowed out flavor wise. Some did break apart, and tint it a pretty pink color. But anyhow, they were a good compliment to the pears. Just tart enough to offset all the mellow sweetness of the pears.. I think if it had been merely pears as I had first planned I wouldn't have liked it nearly as much! :D