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A pear crisp with a savory-sweet-spicy aroma

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By Alison Ladman

Published: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, 9:00 p.m.

Ground cardamom gives this simple fall-friendly crisp a sweet-spicy flavor that you will smell as much as taste.

Note: Don't worry too much about which type of oats to use in a recipe such as this.

Although we prefer old-fashioned rolled oats, feel free to use the “quick” variety, if that's what you happen to have. The differences won't be tremendous.

Alison Ladman is a contributing writer for the Associated Press.

Cardamom Cranberry Pear Crisp

Start to finish: 1 hour 15 minutes (15 minutes active)

For the topping:

Nonstick baking spray

1⁄2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

1⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour

3⁄4 cup oats (see note)

1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

8 medium-size pears, peeled, cored and sliced

8-ounce package frozen or fresh cranberries

1⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9-by-9-inch pan with nonstick baking spray.

To prepare the topping: In a medium-size bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add the flour, oats, cinnamon and salt. Stir together until the mixture just forms moistened crumbs and small clumps. Set aside.

To prepare the filling: In a medium-size bowl, toss together the pears, cranberries, brown sugar, cardamom, salt and cornstarch. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling. Bake for about 1 hour, or until the pears are tender and bubbling, and the topping is well-browned.

Makes 8 servings.

 

 
 


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