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
- 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.
- 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.
- Stir in crystallized ginger.
- Transfer mixture to greased 8-inch square baking dish.
- In a large bowl, beat buttermilk, sugar, molasses, egg and oil until sugar is dissolved.
- 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.
- 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.