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Pears with Gingerbread

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WInter speaks to comfort desserts. One especially delicious comfort dessert is a cobbler. This cobbler uses fresh pears and rich homemade gingerbread. This unconventional combination is luscious when served with a dollop of whipped cream atop.

Pears with Gingerbread

  • 4 cups (about 4 medium) fresh pears, sliced and peeled
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  1. In a large saucepan, combine pears, brown sugar, water, orange juice and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until pears are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally while simmering.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Stir into saucepan with pear mixture. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in crystallized ginger.
  4. Transfer mixture to greased 8-inch square baking dish.


  1. In a large bowl, beat buttermilk, sugar, molasses, egg and oil until sugar is dissolved.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground ginger, salt and nutmeg. Gradually add to buttermilk mixture. Pour over pear mixture.
  3. Bake in 350° oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Serve topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Serves 6 to 8.




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