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Old fashioned Pear dessert

Old Fashioned Pear Dessert

Servings 9


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 5 TBLS sugar divided
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter cubed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 1/2 tsps lemon juice


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 TBLS cornstarch divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 TBLS plus one and1/2 tsps lemon juice
  • 2 TBLS butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups chopped pears or apples


  • 1. In a large bowl combine the flour, 3 TBLS sugar and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks and lemon juice; stir into dry ingredients with a fork. Remove 1 cup to another bowl; stir in the remaining sugar and set aside for the topping.
  • 2. Press remaining crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 8 inch baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • 3. Meanwhile, for filling, combine the sugar, 2 TBLS cornstarch, salt and cinnamon in a small saucepan, slowly stir in water and lemon juice until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cook, and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.
  • 4.Toss pears with remaining cornstarch; spoon over crust. Top with filling. Sprinkle with reserved topping. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.