apple pear bake: rustic or fancy…

a recipe by
S Waidner
Los Osos, CA

When company was coming on short notice, I had some lovely, ripe pears & apples but not enough of each for any specific dessert recipe & no time for a run to the store. I also hate to waste food, so I winged it. I love a “Brown Betty” or Fruit “Crisp Bake”, and tried to cut the fat content, by using the applesauce instead of butter in the crust. No one even noticed! I also had a bit of leftover Lemon Glaze, and it added a nice layer of flavor, but warm with vanilla ice cream would make me happy too! It was a big hit!

serves 8 to 10
prep time 45 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For apple pear bake: rustic or fancy…

  • 4 lg
    ripe pears, peeled cored & diced
  • 3 md
    tart apples, peeled cored & diced
  • 1 c
    sugar
  • 1/2 c
    lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1/2 c
    dry quick cooking oats
  • 1 c
    flour
  • 1 c
    almond flour*
  • 1/2 c
    1 cube butter, melted**
  • 1/4 c
    sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    lemon extract
  • 1 tsp
    lemon juice
  • optional: ice-cream

How To Make apple pear bake: rustic or fancy…

  • 1
    Mix pears, apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt in a 2 qt. pan & stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to a simmer for 15 to 25 minutes. Stir in the oats, & let cool.
  • 2
    Meanwhile: Line a 9” x 13” pan with parchment paper spray with oil & coat with flour. Melt the butter. Mix the flours & 1/4 C sugar, add melted butter well & press into pan bottom. If too sticky sprinkle a small amount of flour over the top while pressing. Pour the fruit mix over the top.
  • 3
    Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes until browned around the edges. Remove & cool for 20 minutes. Serve as is, with ice-cream (Rustic) or drizzled with a cream cheese glaze (Fancy!)
  • 4
    *(Traders Joe's carries) or 1 1/3 C toasted almonds grated in food processor **or 1/3 C applesauce if you want something lighter.
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