Saturday, July 12, 2014

Nilla Waffer Pear Crumble

My husband loves cobblers, crisps, and crumbles. His all time favorite dessert is peach cobbler (some day I need to take a picture and put my peach cobbler recipe on this blog!), but for Father's Day last month he asked for a pear crisp for dessert and I just happened to have clipped this recipe out of a Betty Crocker magazine and decided to give it a try. It was so yummy and perfect with vanilla ice cream. Oh man what a wonderful combination. The topping has just the right amount of crunch to go with the softer pears. My husband enjoyed his Father's Day dessert, so mission accomplished.

Nilla Waffer Pear Crumble

2 large cans sliced pears, drained very well (or 6 cup peeled and sliced fresh pears)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
12 Nilla Waffer cookies, crushed (about 1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large bowl combine pears, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, vanilla, and ginger. Spread into a 8x8 square baking dish.

In a medium bowl combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or 2 forks until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in the crushed Nilla Waffers. Sprinkle this mixture over the pear mixture in the baking dish. Bake for about 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. If using fresh pears you will need to bake it for 50-60 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream or a little heavy cream poured over it.

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