Pear Crisp with Lemon Sauce | Living the Country Life

Pear Crisp with Lemon Sauce

This fruit crisp boasts a crunchy topping of oats and almonds. Serve with a lively lemon sauce.

Prep: 30 minutes | Bake: 30 minutes at 375°F. | Makes: 6 servings

5 medium baking pears (such as Bosc), peeled and sliced (5 cups)
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
2/3 cup regular rolled oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375° F. Toss pears with 1 tablespoon sugar and ¼ teaspoon of the shredded lemon peel in a 2-quart square baking dish.

For topping, in a bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cardamom, and 1/4 teaspoon more lemon peel. Cut in the 1/4 cup butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in almonds. Sprinkle topping over fruit.

Bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until fruit is tender and topping begins to brown.

Meanwhile, stir together 1/4 cup sugar and cornstarch in a 1-quart saucepan. Add water; stir until combined. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove saucepan from heat. Beat egg yolk in a small bowl. Stir in little of the hot mixture into beaten egg yolk. Return all of the mixture to the saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until nearly bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon lemon peel, and lemon juice. Serve sauce warm over crisp. Makes 6 servings.

Per Serving: 366 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 54 g carbohydrates, 111 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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