“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
As you may have gathered, I am crushing on pears these days. Along with apples, pears are such a wonderful prelude to the arrival of Fall. While I patiently wait for the cool crisp air, the leaves turning vibrant colors of amber, gold, and burgundy, and all things pumpkin spice, I have been experimenting with pears in the kitchen.
As much as I love pears, I recently realized, I had never tried baking with them. Well, let me tell you… I’m not sure why I waited so long! I am now obsessed with the delicious flavor pears give to baked goods. Today, I am sharing my favorite pear recipe that I have created so far, Harvest Pear Crumble. I served it in sweet little individual mini bakers, but you can also make it in an 8X8 baking dish.
I believe that roasting the pears with some butter and Star of Anise before assembling the crumble is what elevated the flavor of this dessert tremendously. The caramelized sugar from roasting the pears, the salt in the butter, and the spice from the Star of Anise married together beautifully to make this dessert a sweet and savory treat that is virtually irresistible. Roasting the pears also softened them just enough so that when they baked in the oven with the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, the texture was perfection!
The savory pears sit atop a buttery shortbread almond crust and are topped with a mouthwatering crumble. Altogether each of these layers makes my Harvest Pear Crumble the perfect way to send off Summer and celebrate the arrival of Fall. Serve it with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream and if you’re feeling especially indulgent, you can drizzle some caramel on top.
Sidenote: It also makes your kitchen smell divine! I hope you and yours love my Harvest Pear Crumble as much as we do on the farm.
Now more than ever, I am ready for Fall!!