We were having dinner guests last week and I was looking for something new to make for dessert. Well, I found it! This Pear and Cranberry Crisp (I call it crumble, because there is nothing crisp about it!) from The Pampererd Chef is soooo yummy! The nice thing is that I had everything, besides the pears, I needed for this recipe right in my pantry. I doubled the recipe and it turned out just fine. This is a fresh take on the same old apple crisp. A very welcome change! I am guessing you could make up some of this filling and freeze it to use whenever your sweet tooth is calling!
2 Tablespoons thawed, frozen cranberry juice concentrate
1/2 Cup sweetened dried cranberries
2 medium pears
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 Tablespoons chopped almonds (I omitted)
1/3 Cup all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
Thawed, frozen whipped topping or vanilla ice cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 375. For filling, microwave juice concentrate in a small microwavable bowl on High for 15-25 seconds or until boiling. Stir in cranberries, let stand 10 minutes to soften.
Meanwhile, core and slice pears. Cut slices in half crosswise using a knife. Combine cranberry mixture, pears and sugar; toss gently. Spoon filling into a baking dish.
For topping, microwave butter in a microwavable bowl on High for 15-25 seconds or until melted. Chop almonds. Add almonds, flour, sugar and cinnamon; mix well. Sprinkle topping evenly over filling.
Bake 30-32 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Remove from oven, cool 15 minutes. Serve with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream, if desired.