Chablis Ginger Pear Crisp

It’s a rare thing that I make something only once before blogging about it, but this came out perfectly the very first time, so why wait? I had bought too many pears, and there was just a little Chablis left from a bottle I had saved for Ellyn [Chablis is a little sweet for my liking], and I had just bought some candied ginger – those things were all just begging to get into a baking dish together.  I love making “crisp” type desserts – like Apple Cheese Crisp.   It’s easier than a pie, but still very fruity with a nice combination of textures.  1Mix 1 cup of Chablis [or other white wine, or apple juice] and 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, in a small saucepan, and simmer over medium heat, until it is reduced by half. Pour into the bottom of a 2 quart shallow baking dish. Peel and core 3 large pears, cut into thick slices, and arrange the slices evenly in the dish. Cut candied ginger into slivers [sprinkle with a bit of sugar to keep the little pieces from sticking together quite so much], measure two tablespoons and scatter over the pears.2Using a pastry cutter, or two knives, mix
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
4 tablespoons cold butter, but into cubes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
It will have a crumbly, streusel Spread the oat/flour mixture evenly over the pears, and give the dish a little shake to settle some of the topping down between the pears.3Bake at 350º for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and the pears are bubbly, but not mushy-soft. Cool at least 20 minutes before serving.4It’s heaven I tell you! Light, not too sweet and the combination of the ginger in the pears and the nutmeg in the topping is very special.5It’s great with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, or just naked.

I made sure to buy too many pears this week too!

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16 Responses to Chablis Ginger Pear Crisp

  1. Charlane says:

    I love pears and this looks so yummy. There is a cinnamon ice cream that hagen daz makes and I bet it would be scrumpcious with that too (no points off for misspells please!)

  2. Deb says:

    Well, doesn’t this look yummy!

  3. Daryl says:

    Oh this is soooo yum … I am stepping back away from the screen before I decide to lick it … gross I know but damn I am hungry

  4. CM says:

    I haven’t forgotten about the photo magnet “giveaway” …. that family members can’t enter! (wink, wink)

  5. CM says:

    PS – you’ll forgive your wittle couzie for the ancestor wise crack …. better known as a snarky comment …. won’t you? (wink , wink)

  6. Donald says:

    Now that looks really, really good.

  7. ellyn says:

    I am with CM on the whole magnet thing.

    This looks quite yummmo.

  8. Oh dear, that apple cheese crisp damn near did me in. Now this??? Yum city;)

  9. Kate says:

    Be still my heart. This looks fantastic. Oh, slurp.

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  12. Ann Smithson says:

    I had this at a friend’s house and I just had to come and tell you how much I loved it. I don’t cook, like at ALL, but I am really glad I have friends who love to, because then I get to taste wonderful things like this. I also love your phototgraphy and spent over an hour here, checking out your blog. You are now on my list of things to read every day.

  13. MaryJ says:

    I am glad I found this in your archives. I tried it last night and we thought it was absolutely wonderful. Very light, but so richly flavored, and the taste of pears really shone. Great job on this one!

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