Friday, July 18, 2014

Peargasmic Crostata: A Recipe for a Writerly Friend

Heather Friedman Rivera is having a virtual book launch Sunday for MAIDEN FLIGHT and asked me for a pear recipe. This is a good one!

The Peargasmic Crostata is very easy but a tiny bit time consuming in the prep stages. It is worth it!

Enjoy! And happy book launch, Heather!

Peargasmic Crostata
1 piecrust (bought or homemade)

4 large Anjou or Bosc pears, unpeeled/sliced thin
¼ cup cream sherry or Marsala
¼ cup flour + flour to sprinkle
¼ cup quick oats oatmeal
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup butter
1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 450°. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper for drips. Place pie crust on parchment paper. Sprinkle with flour.

Mix sliced pears with liquor and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Toss to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes, turning at least once to keep all sides touching the liquid.

Mix well: flour, oatmeal, sugar, zest, remaining cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Using hands or pastry blender incorporate the butter into flour mixture until crumbly, forming pea-sized chunks.

Drain pears and put onto piecrust center. Spread fruit evenly up to about a 1 ½” to 2” from the edge. Cover fruit with flour mixture evenly. Sprinkle on nuts.

Fold edge up to make a lip all around the fruit to keep juices in. Crimp the edge so it stays up.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until crust is golden.

Serve warm or cold plain or with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Note: you can substitute other fruits like apples or plums or a mix of fruits

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