Perfect Pears with Crumble Topping

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After the tragic news of this past week, it is so hard to resume normal life. I find myself completely hooked to my Facebook newsfeed for the continuous stream of news reports and individual responses to the sorrow that is felt around the world. During the past few weeks, I have gained so much strength from watching the amazing families of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad and from the unity of the Jewish people at this time. My thoughts are with the families of Eyal, Naftali, and Gilad and my hope is that they should be able to find strength and comfort from the knowledge that so many of us will try and move forward by creating more meaningful and more worthwhile lives in the memory of their beloved sons.

Perfect Pears with Crumble Topping

IMG_3945Last I checked, pears were considered a “fall” fruit, yet, lately every time I’m at the grocery store, it seems as though beautifully displayed pears are front and center. Not wanting to pass up these gorgeous fruits, I decided to abandon my original plan for a more summery strawberry rhubarb crisp (I will try and get to that another one of these days) and instead made a pear crisp.

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I mixed the pears with lemon juice, a touch of lemon zest, apple sauce and a drop of honey to moisten and enhance the flavour of the fruit. For the crisp topping, I combined all the nuts I had on hand, almonds, pecans and walnuts, with a bit of honey and coconut oil to hold it together.

At first, as I pulled out my new creation from the oven, I was disappointed for the lack of sizzling, bubbling juices that typically accompany a mouth watering crisp. After I tried this new dessert though, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted at how fresh and crispy the pears tasted, despite baking for so long, and how well the lightly sweetened nuts balanced the delicate fruit. Hot out of the oven, served with ice cream, or chilled from the fridge, this light tasting healthy dessert is a great gluten free option any time of year!

Perfect Pears with Crumble Topping

Ingredients:

7 (green) D’anjou pears

1/2 lemon juiced (2 tablespoons)

1/4 cup applesauce

3 tablespoon honey, divided

1 cup almond flourIMG_3959

1cup pecan meal

3/4 cup walnut nibs

1/3 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

5 tablespoon melted coconut oil

1 tablespoon canola oil

Tip: I order almond flour/pecan meal from www.digestivewellness.com, if these items are not available, this recipe would work by placing whole nuts into food processor. Coconut oil is available at most grocery stores in the health food section.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325. Cut pears into 1 inch chunks and mix well with lemon juice, zest (optional), applesauce and 1 tablespoon honey. In another bowl, combine almond flour, pecan meal and walnut nibs (any combination of nuts would be good) with remaining honey, baking soda, cinnamon and melted coconut oil.

IMG_3963Crumble with fingers to get a sand-like consistency. Dip a paper towel in canola oil to grease the bottom of 12-14 ramekins (I like baking in ramekins to make desserts individual size when possible, if you don’t have ramekins, any regular baking dish would work). Place approximately 2 tablespoons of fruit mixture in each ramekin and cover with crumble topping. Bake uncovered for one hour or until crisp looks brown and toasty.

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Tip: the topping recipe yields a lot of extra. This topping freezes well and can be used for later crisps.

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