Pear and Cherry Crumble

  • Serves: 8
  • Baking Time: 30-35 minutes


Description

Recipe courtesy David Hagedorn

Ingredients

Ingredients for the fruit
Cooking spray
Juice of one lemon
5-6 fresh pears, the riper the better
1 cup dried cherries
Zest of one lemon
1/2 cup pear juice (may substitute apple juice)
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon flour

Ingredients for the topping
1 cup vanilla granola
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup trans fat free margarine spread

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.  Fill a large bowl halfway with cold water and the juice of one lemon. Cut the stems off the pears and peel them, placing each one in the acidulated water as you do so. Then, half, core and seed the pears and cut them into inch-thick lengthwise slices or chunks, returning each sliced pear to the lemon water until the job is completed. Drain the cut pears in a colander and return them to the mixing bowl. Add the cherries, lemon zest, pear or apple juice, honey, flavorings, spices, and one tablespoon of flour to the fruit and stir to mix everything well. Let the fruit macerate for 15 minutes; then place it in the prepared baking dish.

Make the topping. Place the granola, flour, brown sugar, almonds, and spices in a large mixing bowl and toss them together lightly. Add the margarine spread and use your hands to work the spread into the dry ingredients until blended but crumbly. Spread the topping over the pears. Place the dish on the foil-lined baking sheet and bake the crumble for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the juices are bubbling and translucent. Serve warm.

Note: This is a good way to “sneak” heart-healthy whole grains and nuts into the diet via an irresistible dessert.



Nutritional Analysis
Per serving
Calories Per Serving
289
Total Fat
4 g
Saturated Fat
0 g
Trans Fat
0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
1 g
Monounsaturated Fat
2 g
Cholesterol
0 mg
Sodium
69 mg
Carbohydrates
62 mg
Fiber
6 g
Sugar
41 g
Protein
3 g

Dietary Exchanges


2 fruit, 2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat 



Recipe courtesy David Hagedorn