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Chef Stacy believes that cooking from scratch and using the best ingredients are the secrets to preparing delicious and memorable meals. She has created dozens of classes for the home chef and teaches students how to master culinary techniques and recipes in just one session. Read on to see what she's dishing up for The Oakland Press today....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"Pear-fect" Pear Crumble

Fall is here and pears are prime for picking. There are several varieties of pears to enjoy, whether eating out-of-hand, or sauteed and served with a succulent pork tenderloin, or a comforting crumble with a scoop of ice cream.

This recipe combines what I like to call "flavor friends", making for a perfectly spiced dessert that you'll even be tempted to eat in the morning, or any other time of day! The pears used in this recipe are Bartlett pears. Choose a nice, ripe pear, but not over-ripe, as an over-ripe pear will fall apart while the crisp is baking.

Pear & Ginger Crumble


1/2 c. oat flour or whole wheat flour

1 1/3 c. old fashioned rolled oats

1 c. brown sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 c. chopped pecans

½ c. pumpkin seeds

½ c. canola oil


Combine all ingredients together with a fork until uniformly moistened


3# ripe pears, peeled. Cored, and cut into ¼ “ slices

1 Tb. fresh lemon juice

1 Tb. grated ginger (fresh)

Splash maple syrup

½ Tb. all purpose flour


Toss all ingredients together, season to taste

Coat a baking dish with cooking spray, add the pear mixture, then sprinkle with the topping. Bake until golden brown and pears are fork-tender, about 40 minutes.Serve with Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

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