Although I don't typically purchase pre-packaged foods from Kraft I really love their magazine for the recipe ideas. I am always excited to receive a new issue in the mail; especially the Fall magazine.
This Fall issue has a focus on pears this time around. My focus is also on pears right now too. So often, apples are at the forefront of Fall desserts but apples are available all winter so there's lots of time to enjoy them in the coming months once pears aren't available anymore. The first pear recipe this year is the Almond and Pear Crisp. I love making crisps and have tried it with many different types of fruit. This was the first time for pear.
Here is the link to the Kraft recipe for the crisp: http://www.kraftcanada.com/en/recipes/perfect-pear-crisp-119042.aspx
Here is my adaptation of it:
Cover the bottom of a 9x9 dish with peeled and cut into chunks. I used 5 medium-sized pears. Drizzle the juice of one lemon into the dish and stir pears around to cover the pears. Then, sprinkle 1/8 cup sugar, 2 tbsp flour, and some cinnamon over the pears and toss until pears are evenly coated.
In a medium-sized bowl (or in a mixer), mix 1 cup of oatmeal, 1/3 cup of flour 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1tsp cinnamon and 1/3 cup room temperature butter. Mix until combined. (BTW--this is the topping that I use for all of my crisp recipes). Mix in 1/2 cup sliced almonds. Put the crumb mixture over the pears and spread it out evenly.
Bake 30 minutes at 375F
**double the recipe if using a 9x13 dish.
This was a yummy dessert. I really loved the addition of the almonds in the crumble!
What I found really strange about the Kraft recipe is that there were no oats included in the crumb mixture (??) They just had sugar, butter, almonds, and flour.... Weird!
My next pear recipe that I'm going to try is a Pear Tarte Tatin. There's also a plum tart recipe that I've meaning to try too.... Geez...looks like there's going to be a lot of desserts in my house for the next little while. I think I enjoy baking in the Summer/Fall months and making more savoury dishes over the Winter/Spring months!