Friday, October 14, 2011

Pear Berry Crisp and Vacation!

As you're reading this, my family and I are in the air heading south to Orlando, FL.  We're on our way to go see Mickey and the gang and celebrate the Halloween season in style for the next week and half.  There's going to be lots of amusement parks, lots of walking, lots of good food, and I'm sure we'll empty a few wallets along the way (my husband has a running joke that Disney is more expensive than going to Paris).  We have a very tight schedule, with lots to see and do, and I probably won't be around for the next few days.  I do promise that I'll have lots of pictures to share.

Before I left I made a Pear and Blueberry Crisp for our From the Orchard theme at I Heart Cooking Clubs.  Pears are one of my favorite fruits and I realized that I just don't devote very much time to them in the kitchen.  After eating this crisp, I will do my best to remedy that situation. 

Pear and Blueberry Crisp
Adapted from Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros
Serves 8

3 large pears
1 cup blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
1-2/3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 pound plus 3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 375F.  Generously butter a 14 by 8-1/2 by 2-1/2 inch ovenproof dish.  Peel, core, and slice the pears, and put them in the dish.  Mix in the berries and scatter half the superfine sugar over the fruit.

Mix together the flour, brown sugar, and the other half of the superfine sugar in a bowl.  Add the butter and vanilla and rub them in with your fingertips, working until the mixture isn't smooth but looks like  damp clustery sand.  Your fingers might be tired. 

Scatter the topping over the fruit to cover it completely in a good thick layer.  Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the top is nicely golden and some berry juice has oozed up a bit over the crust and darkened it here and there.

Let it cool down a touch and then serve warm with whipped cream, a bowl of custard, or vanilla ice cream.
Theme: From the Orchard

See ya real soon!


  1. Love how you ended this post! Safe travels, Kim.

    Can't go wrong with a good crisp.

  2. Aww have fun! give mickey a hug for me! (No's been almost a year since I've seen him and I kinda miss the guy.)

    I would be kinda upset that you're going without me...but then you shared this lovely beautiful delicious crisp...which totally makes up for it.

  3. The pear crisp is perfect for fall with all those beauties now perfectly ripe. Enjoy your vacation and the mouse!

  4. girlfriend! so fun! i'm so excited for you guys, that's one vacation that we're dying to take, and i bet halloween will make it even more fun. have a wonderful time, i can't wait to hear about it when you get back!

    love the crisp, so delicious for fall, i'm tempted to make some now!

  5. Oh, have a blast!! I'm totally jealous ;) And this crisp sounds like the perfect thing to start or end any day :D

  6. Have fun! We are in Florida too but I wish we close enough to visit you!

  7. Have fun on your trip! So exciting! This crisp looks delish, I'll have to try it sometime, I also don't use pears enough.

  8. Hope you are all having a fabulous time! I adore pears too! This looks scrumptious!!!

  9. Give Mickey a hug for me!

    Pears and blueberries, what a great combo! Looks totally delish.

    Have a great time!

  10. Your crisp looks beautiful. Pears and blueberries is a great combo. I would just as happily eat this for breakfast as I would for dessert.

    Hope you have a fantastic holiday.

    Sue xo

  11. Have a wonderful time Kim! Crisps are some of my favorite desserts and the pear and blueberry combination looks amazing. Yum! ;-)

  12. I hope you have a wonderful time! I have heard Disney is awesome at Halloween. Yes, it is incredibly expensive there, though, but definitely worth it.

    Your crisp looks yummy:)

  13. I have been to Disney World a million times and would give anything to pack up right now and go back..tonight. I loved it a lot as a kid and can't wait to make my way there with our kids one day. And oh yes the berry crisp looks delicious,I guess the crisp will have to do until Mickey.

  14. Your crisp looks scrumptious Kim! Hope you're having a great time!

  15. That crisp looks wonderful...just crispy goodness that screams "comfort for fall because winter is coming!" Disney so worth every penny for everyone involved...something for everyone and such a nice memory maker. What's not to love about all that?


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