Despite its rustic appearance, the pears in this Ginger-Pear Crisp bring an incredibly delicious and elegant taste to your table. A bright and festive tasting dessert to end a perfect holiday meal.
I remember being a bit apprehensive as I assembled this Ginger-Pear Crisp for the first time. I wasn’t sure how much I would like it. Boy was I in for a surprise! This dessert is now one of my all-time favorites. And that’s saying a lot, coming from a mega-chocolate lover.
Using perfectly ripe pears is essential for this recipe, so a little planning ahead is required since most grocery stores sell under-ripe pears.
How do you know when pears are ripe?
Finding out if a pear is ripe is relatively easy. Squeeze the top of the fruit just below the stem. If it’s ripe, it will be soft and give a little. If it’s under-ripe it will be firm and not squishy at all. If that’s the case, place pears in a paper bag on your counter until they’re ripe, then store them in your fridge for up to three days.
There are of course many varieties of pears, each with a unique taste. I chose these beautiful Bosc pears for my Ginger-Pear Crisp. They had just the right amount of sweetness with spicy undertones. Anjou variety would also work well with this recipe.
How to make Ginger-Pear Crisp
A food-processor will come in mighty handy for this recipe. It quickly creates the perfect “crisp” texture with the flour, spices, pecans and cold butter.
I got fancy when slicing my pears for this photo, and it turns out that it wasn’t worth my time. I was hoping to show off that beautiful “pear shape”, in the finished recipe, but it didn’t show through the topping. Just dice them up into pieces and you’ll be fine. :0)
Toss the diced pear pieces with freshly grated ginger root, lemon zest and sugar. Then spread the crisp topping over the top. So simple and EASY!!!
This Ginger-Pear Crisp bakes up in about an hour, and I would definitely recommend serving it warm with ice cream.
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I am extremely confident you will fall in love with this recipe as much as I have. Enjoy! -EmilyPrint