Pear Crumble

A little pear brandy deepens the flavor of this simple seasonal treat.


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6   Bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks*
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup pear brandy
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups crushed amaretti cookies (about 32 cookies)
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
~   best quality vanilla ice cream

*Cut each pear in to ½-inch vertical slices, then into four equal pieces. 


Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Have ready six individual 4-inch baking dishes.

  1. Place the pears in a spacious bowl and mix in the lemon juice, pear brandy and sugar.
  2. Squish the pears lightly to get the juices flowin. Set aside.
  3. Combine the crushed cookies and brown sugar in a bowl.
  4. Add the butter and work it in by hand to create coarse, buttery crumbs.
  5. Divide the pear mixture evenly among the six baking dishes, spooning any excess juice over the fruit.
  6. Sprinkle the cookie mixture over the pears.
  7. Bake until the pears are tender—approximately 25 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with ice cream.


Preparation Time: 
About 40 minutes
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