Pears can be dated back to antiquity and have played a celebrated role in both culture and art. Pears have long been cherished by many cultures and civilizations and the fruit remains a favorite around the world.
Pears originated in Western Europe, the Middle East, China, and Asia Minor. The pear is one of the flowering trees in the family Rosaceae and is a close cousin of the apple. Pears have a delicate, smooth taste and are consumed fresh out of hand or cooked. They can be used in pies, cakes, or as compliments for strong cheese, risotto, jams, and ice cream. But no matter how we eat a pear, it is a fruit that will always delight and excite.
Aside from their pleasant taste, pears also symbolize many things. In China, the pear symbolizes prosperity and immortality. In Korea the fruit represents grace and nobility, while the tree is a symbol of comfort. In many cultures the pear is a symbol of affection and inner peace.
How to make? Harvest Pear Crisp
Prep Time: 10 mins
Bake Time: 40 mins
Yields: 8 servings
- 6 cups Hale Groves Starkrimson pears peeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 3 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/3 cup regular oats
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375? F.
- Using a 2-quart baking dish, mix pears and lemon juice then toss gently to coat. Mix together then whisk granulated sugar, cornstarch, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pear mixture then toss well to coat.
- In a food processor, put flour, brown sugar, and salt then pulse twice or until combined. Add chilled butter and pulse 6 times or until you get a mixture that resembles a coarse meal. Add walnuts and oats then pulse two times. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over pear mixture in baking dish.
- Bake at 375? for 40 minutes until pears are tender and topping has turned golden brown. Cool for 20 minutes on a wire rack before serving.