I am a professional gleaner. No, I don't glean for money, but I do spend a good chunk of my time in the fall scanning the roadside for houses with fruit trees. When I see one that for days and days seems never to be picked, and the fruit starts hitting the ground, I go up and knock on the door to see if I can pick some. One of these houses happened to be right near where I live! I ended up with a modest amount of pears which I decided would make a nice crisp.
Pear Crisp Recipe
10-15 pears (depends on size), cored and chopped
- Lightly grease a baking pan (I use cast iron), and place chopped pears into it. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey.
- In a mixing bowl combine flour, butter, and sugar until it is completely mixed and is lightly crumbly
- Pour crumble mixture over pears until completely covered. Pat down lightly
- Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes
I paired our pears with a little gem I got from a friend a while back - Eola Hills Pacific Blanc. A while blend with mostly muscat grapes. This wine sported a strong peach and melon nose, and was only lightly sweet. I enjoyed the strong summery fruit flavors in contrast with the heavy autumnal sensibility of the pear crisp. It came sweeter at the front, with a smooth pear flavor at the center and a tart almost apricot finish. I found it balanced and well paired with our dessert.
So happy fall all - if you know of other ways to find pleasure in the rain please pass them on to me!