Apple and Pear Crisp
My daughter was in the area for work this week and stopped by to spend the night with us. She came in loaded down with gifts from Trader Joe’s. We do not have a Trader Joe’s close by, so it is a real treat to have some their items in our house. She brought in some beautiful pears, but unfortunately they were ripening quicker than we could eat. Because it was pretty cool out yesterday, I decided to make an Apple and Pear Crisp to use up these delicious pears. This recipe is from Ina Garten and is so good and comforting and flavorful.
2 pounds ripe pears (about 4)
2 pounds firm apples (I used a few Granny Smiths that I had on hand, but the recipe calls for Macoun apples)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
For the topping
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1/2 pound (2 sticks) could unsalted butter, diced
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Peel, core and cut the pears and apples into large chunks. (I sliced them thinly). Place the fruit in a large bowl and add the zests, juices, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour into a 9 by 13 baking dish.
For the topping
Combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for 1 minute, until the mixture is in large crumbles. (I used the food processor). Sprinkle evenly over the fruit, covering the fruit completely.
Place the baking dish on a sheet pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is brown and the fruit is bubbly. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
I added a handful of dried cranberries to the apples and pears, it was delicious.