Posted in Dessert with Fruit, Desserts, tagged cook, Cooking, cream cheese, dessert, light, pear, recipe, Recipes on November 6, 2012 |
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On September 14, 1995, my oldest daughter and I were planning to leave the next morning to take the youngest daughter on a surprise pre-wedding bachelorette trip to Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which had just opened on September 2. For supper, I made a 9-inch Pear Cheese pie from a recipe in a 1965 Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, using a vanilla wafer crust. We all enjoyed it very much (and also the bachelorette trip).
Today, I wanted to make a dessert for lunch that would be lower in fat/calories and would make just 4 servings. I cut the original recipe in half, used vanilla wafers in place of the crust, and made these very good individual Pear Cheese Cups. Use a deep custard cup – my granddaughter in St. Louis gave me some nice Pampered Chef deep cups which also have lids. They are especially good for transporting desserts to my daughter’s house for lunch each Friday.
PEAR CHEESE CUPS
- 4 vanilla wafers
- 2 cups fresh ripe Bartlett pear slices (about 3 medium pears)
- 1 egg yolk
- 4 oz softened light cream cheese
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
- ¼ tsp grated lemon peel
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 Tblsp. all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Have four deep custard cups at hand
Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each of 4 deep custard cups.
Place ½ cup of pear slices in each of the cups.
In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk and cream cheese, beat smooth. Whisk in sour cream, lemon peel, lemon juice, sugar, flour, salt and nutmeg. Pour over pears in each cup (about ¼ cup each) and spread to cover pears.
Bake @ 375 degrees F about 25 minutes until brown around the edges and just set. Let cool on a wire rack.
4 servings. Good room temperature or chilled. This is a light, delicious dessert.
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Posted in Baking, Cooking, Dessert with Fruit, Fruit, tagged blackberry, cobbler, cook, Cooking, dessert, pear, recipe, Recipes on June 13, 2012 |
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It’s almost time for fresh blackberries and I wanted to use a bag of frozen blackberries before the farm markets open. I needed 4 cups of fruit and only had 2-1/2 cups in the bag of berries, so I used a can of drained pear slices, which made the measurement exactly right. Fresh blackberries can also be used but if you are substituting fresh pears, saute them first in a little butter until fork tender so they will be done within the 30-minute baking time.
BLACKBERRY PEAR COBBLER
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tblsp. cornstarch
- 1 cup boiling water
- 15 oz. can sliced pears in juice, drained (about 1-½ cups)
- 12 oz. bag of frozen blackberries, thawed, with juice – about 2-½ cups
- 1 Tblsp. butter
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. ground ginger
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tblsp. granulated sugar
- 1-½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup shortening
- ½ cup milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Have a 9×9 inch baking pan/dish at hand
To make filling:
Drain the pears – I like to save the juice in a jar in the freezer to substitute for a cup of cold water when making Jello. A mixture of different juices makes it really flavorful.
Cut the pear slices in half. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, cook the sugar, cornstarch and boiling water over medium heat until mixture begins to boil; continue stirring and cooking for another minute. Remove from heat and add blackberries and pears. Stir in butter and spices and pour into a 9×9 baking pan/dish. Set aside.
To make topping:
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening with your fingertips. Stir in the milk to make a soft dough.
Drop the soft dough by spoonful onto the hot filling.
Bake @ 400 degrees F for 30 minutes. Place pan on a wire rack to cool.
Good warm or at room temperature. Delicious plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Posted in Baking, Cooking, Muffins, Quick Bread, tagged Baking, breakfast, Cooking, food, ginger, muffin, pear, Quick Bread, recipe, Recipes on June 1, 2009 |
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Twenty years ago, I bought a cookbook that specialized in all kinds of muffins to give my daughter-in-law in St. Louis for her birthday. I don’t recall the name of the book, but before I put it in the mail, I copied a lot of interesting muffin recipes. This is one of them, a family favorite for over 20 years.
GINGER PEAR MUFFINS
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (Canola)
- 3 Tblsp. molasses
- 1 egg
- 1-1/2 cups peeled, diced pears (or one 15 oz. can pears, drained and diced)
- 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Grease a 12-cup muffin tin, BOTTOMS ONLY (to allow muffins to “dome”)
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, molasses and egg. Pour all at once into the flour mixture and stir just until flour mixture is incorporated.
Gently stir in the diced pears and chopped walnuts.
Spoon batter into greased muffin tins. Bake @ 350 degrees F for approximately 25 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Remove muffins from tins and place on a wire rack. Serve warm. These muffins freeze well.
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