Friday, September 24, 2010

Pear Brown Sugar Crisp with Toasted Walnuts

This is an easy dessert to make! Pears are in season this time of year! I had an abundance of miniature pears from the event we did last week. We picked them green to decorate with but they have ripened up beautifully now. So I decided to make a crisp. I used brown sugar instead of white sugar in the topping. The pears were so sweet they didn't need sugar in the filling. And I toasted walnuts to add a nutty flavor and crunch to accompany the soft pears.

Here's where the pears came from for our La Lune Events dinner.

2-3 lbs of Pears
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Cloves
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 stick Butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup Oatmeal
1 cup Walnuts, toasted


Chop pears into 1 inch cubes. I leave the skin on but remove the stem and core.
Place pears directly into your baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon and cloves.

In a mixer or a large bowl combine soft butter, flour, brown sugar, salt, and oatmeal. Blend until mixture comes together into "pea sized" pieces. If it is too dry, add a splash of milk or water. If it is too wet add a little more flour.

In a saute pan on the stove top or in the broiler, toast 1 cup chopped walnuts until golden brown. Be careful not to burn. Toasting only take about 1 1/2 minutes.

Add the toasted walnuts to the butter-flour mixture.

Top the chopped pears with the butter-flour mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.