I love to make crisps out of seasonal fruits. They are very fast and easy to prepare. In summer, my favorite crisp is a Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. Latter in summer and in early fall, I opt for a peach almond crisp, and when pear season peaks, I have to have this pear and hazelnut crisp. Crisps are different from crumbles or cobblers because they usually have oats and some type of nuts in the topping. This not only makes them crispier, but healthier too. For some reason I thought this would be best served on top of coffee ice cream, and I was right, it was really good. If you like hazelnut creamer in your coffee, a coffee ice cream is a nice pairing with this easy dessert, otherwise go with vanilla ice cream.
Pear and Hazelnut Crisp Recipe
8 pears, pealed, cored and sliced (I used Bartlett)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter, or 1/2 cup, cut in pats
1 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine Sliced Pears with brown sugar and set aside. In a food processor, add flour, oats, hazelnuts, brown sugar and salt. Pulse until well combined, and hazelnuts are in small pieces. Add butter pats and pulse until dough comes together.
2. Place pears and brown sugar in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Crumble topping over pears. Bake until crisp has lightly browned, about 30 – 40 minutes.
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