Thursday, September 03, 2009

Pear & Apple Crisp for a Crowd

My lastest work project on the dessert front included a huge bag of locally grown pears, picked by the folks at the residents.
The cook and I mulled over the possibilities we had within our bugetary limitations, and decided simple was best: pear crisp. Who doesn't love a good crisp? And my strawberry rhubarb one from a couple of weeks ago was a hit, so we thought it would be a good bet. (Incidentally, the chocolate strawberry shortcakes were also a HUGE hit!)

What I hadn't anticipated was the nuisance of peeling all the pears, and I had some time restrictions to work around. After I'd made my daily muffin quota, I had to peel like a maniac to get enough pears for a crisp that had to feed about 35 people. The cook helped me peel, but I knew it wasn't going to work. Luckily, there was a whole bucket of apple pie filling in the fridge, so I decided to make this a pear & apple crisp.
I gave myself 35 minutes to peel as many pears as I could. To this I added 1 cup of brown sugar, 4 tbsp cornstarch, and some cinnamon & nutmeg.
Then I scooped in a whole pile of apple pie filling. This stuff is so good I could just eat it by the spoonful!
I then mixed the pear & apple fillings together in the pan.
Onto the topping: 4 cups oats, 1 cup flour, 1 cup packed brown sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg, and about 1 1/4 cups cold margarine (no butter at this place, but I make do).
It smelled great as it cooked, let me tell you! Alas, my shift ended before it came out of the oven, so I'll have to wait for my next shift to get any feedback. I'm pretty confident that they liked this, though!

13 comments:

Coleen's Recipes said...

What an excellent combo!! Sounds delicious.

Tamara (TC) said...

Makes me want to go bake my own crisp right now! Yum!!

monicajane said...

oh my god...fruit crisps and pies are my favorite desserts...

it looks to die for...

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

A huge pan of heaven!! Love that oat topping!

Bob said...

Heh, that was some clever substituting. Looks great, I can only imagine it was awesome. Hm, it's getting cool here, I could go for a crisp myself. :)

Palidor said...

That looks great. I can just imagine how heavenly it smelled. Combining pears and apples was a great idea!

Elra said...

That look really super, love the combo of pear and apple together.

girlichef said...

FALL!! Fall is in the air...and in the oven. This looks awesome! :D

Pierce said...

Ohhh...I love the crisp taste of pears. What type are those, comice pears?

I keep getting kicked off line...damn router, so I hope you get my comment!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Surely you have enough leftover for me! I love pear crisp, I am too lazy to peel though, apples and pears get cooked peel-on in my house.

adventureswiththewoods said...

Looks awesome! I love crisps. They're my fave fall dessert.

Ces said...

Thank you for posting this recipe. I love your site! I just made this tonight, and it turned out great. I shared with several neighbors, and all of them loved it. I did add some toppings to have a little twist on it.

Wandering Coyote said...

Hi Ces! Thanks for visiting and thanks for the feedback!

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