Pear Crumble

It doesn’t happen often, but once in awhile I get sugared-out. We’re coming off weeks of fudge, caramel corn, Christmas cookies, peanut brittle, etc and I think I’ve had enough. I’m trying to dial back the sugar content in our cooking as a general rule, but it’s nearly inescapable during the holidays. So here we are, January 2, 2012 and my thoughts turn toward getting back on track with our family’s food consumption. So why the dessert post? Well, I can’t just go cold turkey now can I? This pear crumble is pretty light on the sugar (in my opinion). So it’s the perfect thing when your body starts craving something sweet late in the afternoon but you want to eventually curb the sugar spikes altogether. Plus I gotta use up my pears!

Pear Crumble

4 or 5 pears, peeled and thinly sliced

1/3 cup whole cane sugar

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Topping:

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup brown rice flour

1/4 cornstarch

1/4 cup whole cane sugar

1/4 cup softened coconut oil or organic butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Place thinly sliced pears, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, cinnamon, & nutmeg into a medium sized bowl and mix to combine everything. Set aside while preparing topping.

2. To make the topping, place all ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix well until crumbly. Place the apple mixture into a 9 X 13-inch pan and sprinkle it evenly with topping.

3. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until bubbly.

If you want to add a little tartness to this, include one or two small apples. I find it’s a nice balance.

Here’s to a wonderful new year filled with delicious food and new experiences. It’s a big year for me as I will be turning 40 in July! I have a few ideas for celebrating. You KNOW they’ll include some scrumptious food and a few surprises as well.

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