I love pears. When I was growing up we had a pear tree in the yard. It was an ancient and gnarled tree that produced the sweetest of sickle pears. I would climb to the top branches of that tree with the library book I was reading and could literally spend and entire summer afternoon in complete oblivion to the rest of the world.
The summer that I discovered Louisa May Alcott was also the summer I discovered the boy that lived in the house next door and played football in the yard between our houses. I believe I was in fourth grade and was precociously interested in the rippling of his shoulder muscles as he threw and caught the football. So, the tree took on a new facet for me; a place where I could observe un-noticed the object of my 10 year old affections.
Always the pears were ready for me in the golden heat of a late August afternoon. Warmed from the sun, sweet, ripe and juicy – those pears had a flavor that is indescribable to this day. I can taste them. Continue reading
Well my camera is not cooperating with the computer again so I am photo-less.
This is about the time pears really start coming into season around here. Seckle pears, if you can get them, are incredible in this.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 c finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 8 cups peeled and sliced pears
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish
- In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 2 Tbs crystallized ginger, and cinnamon. Stir in the butter until the mixture is crumbly with pea sized lumps. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the white sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tbs of crystallized ginger. Add the sliced pears, and toss to blend. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Let set for 20 minutes to juice. Spread with the oat topping.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until pears are soft and topping is golden. Cool slightly before serving