Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sassy Sweets: Almond Pear Crisp

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This year we went apple picking so late, we were also able to score a bunch of different types of pears.  Pears are one of John's favorite fruits so this was extremely welcome.  Of course, one can only eat so many pears before we need to change it up.  I wanted to make something new and unique so I took to looking a bunch online.

At Cooking Light, I found a great recipe that called for amaretti cookies.  I felt like a terrible Italian-American as I have never heard of these types of cookies before.  Not only had I never heard of them, I also couldn't find them!  Five grocery stores later and I was still coming up short.  But, that's when Mom came up the heroine of the story.

She and I found almond biscotti that could, in a pinch, be substituted for these cookies.  So, while John was out with his friends last weekend, I made him an almond pear crisp, and it was bubbling away when he walked in the door.  And now I have put yet another thing on my Italy bucketlist - find and eat Amaretti cookies.
Almond Pear Crisp
Serves:  9
8 pears
2 tablespoons flour
8 almond biscotti (1 cup of crumbs)
1/4 cup almonds
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Peel the pears and dice them chunky.  Toss in flour and pour into a 9x9 baking pan.  In a food processor, add almond biscotti and almonds.  Chop until the mixture is coarse crumbs.  Add flour and brown sugar and process two to three times, until combined.  Cut the butter up into 24 pieces.  Add the pieces slowly while processing until the mixture forms small pebbles.  Cover the pears with the almond mixture.  Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the crust is browned.  Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.


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