Tuesday, October 28, 2014

“Harvest Pear Crisp” & A “Hot Pear Cocktail” To Warm You On A Cold Day

Welcome to “Wordless Tuesday!” Today I have a mouthwatering recipe and a warm drink to take the chill out on a cold fall day.…….. Enjoy! 

A good pear-crisp is simple to make, and hard to beat. Cinnamon-ginger spiced pears bake under a crunchy streusel
topping in this easy pear crisp. Assemble the dessert ahead of time, and put it in the oven when guests arrive. You can also bake it earlier in the day and serve it at room temperature with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.


                                                        "Harvest Pear Crisp

6 cups Anjou or Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, & cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 3 lbs)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/3 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup regular oats (not instant)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, or what ever nuts your family likes

Preheat oven to 375° F  Combine pears and lemon juice in a 2-quart baking dish; toss gently to coat. Combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; stir with a whisk. Add cornstarch mixture to pear mixture; toss well to coat. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add chilled butter; pulse 6 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add oats and walnuts; pulse 2 times. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over pear mixture. Bake at 375°F for 40 minutes or until pears are tender and topping is golden brown. Cool 20 minutes on a wire rack: serve warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 8 servings


Hot Pear Cocktail

Pear cider, brandy, cinnamon, lemon and honey combine to create this warm and quintessentially English cold-weather cocktail.

3 1/2 cups of pear cider
2/3 cup of brandy
1 apple-sliced
about 8-10 cloves
1 vanilla bean
1 large piece of lemon zest
1 cinnamon stick
2 Tablespoons of pure honey

Cut half a crisp apple into slices, and stud each slice with a couple of cloves. Place the slices in a large pan, add 3 1/2 cups of pear cider, 1 vanilla bean, 1 large piece of pared lemon zest, 2/3 cup of brandy, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 tablespoons of honey and bring to a boil. Simmer gently for 10 mins, strain & then serve. 

Till Next Time………………………………...................

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  1. Good evening Dottie ,
    Your pear crisp looks deliciously good , the ingredients are just incredibly good ... we called them tarts here , but who cares what they are call as long as they are delicious 'RIGHT,' .
    This is the time of year you love baking and this will give the house such a wonderful aroma . I love baking just to see the smiles on my kids face when their daddy bring them home from school .
    I am so please you told them not to use instant oats ... if they did they would have a gooey mess .
    Now the hot pear cocktail is something I could relax with anytime on a cool or cold evening . It sounds so refreshing . Thanks for sharing two wonderful recipes .
    Thanks for sharing and have a blessed evening . ~Nee~ ;- D

    1. Good evening Nee,
      You are correct, Nee these tarts, crisps are so delicious, they taste like fall. You can do the same recipe with apples. I love pears and I think they are over shadowed by apples in the fall. No matter what you call them, they are wonderful comfort foods, that warm the memories of times long ago. They do give the house such a cozy aroma. I am so glad that your children look forwards to your baking, it will last them a lifetime of memories. I agree the hot pear cocktail is very relaxing especially on a cool night. Thanks for your visit and your lovely comment. I hope that you have a blessed rest of the week!
      Dottie :)

  2. Oh nice interesting way of serving pear and I love your cocktail Dottie, A very nice recipe again! The pears must taste delicious done like that.
    Hope your week in going well dear Dottie! CIao!

    1. Hi Alida,
      Thank you for your visit...Yes, this recipe is very delicious, and a great way to share pears with the family. I love pears and it is a little different as everyone always thinks of Apple Crisp. The Pear is just as good. Plus that warm cocktail just adds to the yumminess of the dish and makes you feel all warm inside. Glad that you like this one...thanks for your comment and I hope that you have a wonderful rest of the week..
      Dottie :)

  3. Hot Pear Cocktail? Why have I never made one of these! Great recipe. Love the crisp, too.

    1. Hi John, You are so funny...Yes, a "Hot Pear Cocktail"...You must try this for sure! It is a cozy, perfect hot drink to relax you on any night. Goes fantastic with the "Harvest Pear Crisp"..Pears all around..Just as good as apples...Thanks for your comment and visiting...Enjoy the rest of the week...Dottie :)

  4. Hi Dottie, This looks great. What a wonderful fall treat. I like the sound of the cocktail too...it sounds warm and festive.

    Have a wonderful Halloween.


    1. Hi Tammy, Thanks for stopping over and your comment...So glad that you enjoyed this post...Yes, these recipes are easy and yummy...plus as you said it perfectly...warm and festive! I hope that you as well, have a fabulous Halloween...It is such a fun time... Dottie :)