Pear PB Cookie Bars

Today we made Pear Peanut Butter Cookie Bars!

2 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 1/2t salt, 1/2c creamy peanut butter, 1C chocolate chips, 1/4C honey, 2 large pears, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2″ pieces, 1T cinnamon, 1/2C plain nonfat yogurt

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In separate bowl, beat yogurt, honey and eggs.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

In separate bowl, beat peanut butter and brown sugar.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Add egg mixture to it.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Make a well in the dry ingredients. Stir in wet until almost blended.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Stir in chocolate chips and pears.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Spread evenly into greased 9″X13″ pan.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Today we made Pear Date Carrot Muffins!

2C flour, 3t baking powder, 3T brown sugar, 1 egg, 1T ground ginger, 1 1/4C skim milk, 3T butter, melted, 1 large pear, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2″ pieces, 1/2C chopped baby carrots in 1/2″ pieces, 1/2C chopped, dried, sugared dates

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. Add brown sugar. In separate bowl, mix milk, egg and cooled butter. Blend well.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in wet until almost blended.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Stir in pears, dates and carrots.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Turn into lined, greased or nonstick muffin tin.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Pear Date Carrot Muffins

Pear Scones

Today we made Pear Scones!

2C flour, 6T brown sugar, 1T cinnamon, 2 medium Anjou pears, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped; 1T baking powder, 4T butter

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix in 3T brown sugar. In separate bowl, add juice and 3T brown sugar to chopped pears.

Pear Scones

Pear Scones

Pear Scones

Blend well. Cut butter into flour mixture until butter is blended in. It should still be powdery. Stir pear mixture into dry ingredients until just blended.

Pear Scones

Pear Scones

Drop by T onto greased cookie sheets.

Pear Scones

Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Pear Scones

Pear Lemon Cake

Today we made Pear Lemon Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1 1/2 C flour, 2t baking powder, 2 large slightly underripe pears, peeled and chopped into 1/2 to 1/4″ pieces, 3 eggs, 3T brown sugar, 2T lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Beat in eggs.

Pear Lemon Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry. In a separate bowl, mix pears, lemon juice and brown sugar.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Stir wet into dry until just blended.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread half the batter evenly into a greased 9″ round cake pan.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread pears on top.

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread on remaining batter. Swirl until all pears are coated.

Pear Lemon Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned and cake comes away from sides of pan.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

If desired, glaze when cake is cool, with 2 to 2 1/2C powdered sugar sifted, and 3T orange juice blended until barely pourable.

Pear Walnut Tart

Today I made Pear Walnut Tart!

1C butter, 2/3C sugar, 1/2t salt, 2 1/2C flour, 1 peeled medium pear, chopped in 1/2″ pieces, 1/2C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1 egg, 3T brown sugar, 1T flour, 1/2t ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350F.

Pear Walnut Tart

Cream butter with sugar and salt. [I made half the crust amount and used the remaining filling elsewhere.]

Pear Walnut Tart

Work in flour to form a dough.

Pear Walnut Tart

Roll out on floured board to form one or more crusts of desired shapes,and sizes, 1/2″ high with borders that are 1/4″ high and 1/2″ wide. Place on greased cookie sheet. Mix brown sugar with cloves and flour.

Pear Walnut Tart

Pear Walnut Tart

Pear Walnut Tart

Stir in egg. Blend well.

Pear Walnut Tart

Stir into pears and walnuts. Blend well.

Pear Walnut Tart

Pear Walnut Tart

Pear Walnut Tart

Pear Walnut Tart

Turn into crusts.

Bake 10-20 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Cool before cutting.

Pear Walnut Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Today I made Pear Custard Tart!

Crust: 1/2C butter, 1/2C brown sugar, 1 1/4 – 1 3/4C flour

Please note: the following amounts make 1 tart plus 4 servings of additional custard.

Custard: 14 oz fat-free sweetened condensed milk, 2 large pears, peeled, cored and chopped, 1C fat-free sour cream, 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F.

Pear Custard Tart

Crust:
Cream butter with brown sugar.

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Add enough flour to make a dough that is flexible but not crumbly or greasy.

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Shape into a rectangular crust on a greased baking sheet. Set aside.

Pear Custard Tart

Custard: Mix milk and eggs. Blend well.

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Add sour cream. Blend well.

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Add pears. If desiring more pear/less custard, add another chopped pear.

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Pour into crust.

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Pour remaining filling into greased baking pan to make custard.

Pear Custard Tart

Bake 25-30 minutes or until set in center.

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Custard Tart

Pear Chocolate Chip Chiffon Cake

Today I made Pear Chocolate Chip Chiffon Cake!

3 eggs, separated, 1/2C powdered sugar, 1/2C flour, 1/2C butter, 3 medium pears chopped into 2mm pieces, 1C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400F.

Sift flour. Set aside.

sift

In separate bowl, cream butter with 1/4C sugar.

sugar

Add yolks.

yolks

eggs

Stir in flour. Set aside.

dry

dry

dry

Fold in pears until just blended.

pears

pears

In separate bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form.

whites

Gradually beat in 1/4C sugar until stiff peaks form.

whites

whites

whites

Fold into batter until just blended.

whites

whites

Fold in chocolate chips until just blended.

chips

fold

Turn into greased 9″ round pan.

pan

Bake 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool before cutting.

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Caramel Pear Ice Milk

Today I made Caramel Pear Ice Milk!

3 medium pears, peeled and cored, 1/2C sugar, 14 oz fat-free sweetened condensed milk

Dice pears into 1/2″ pieces. Distribute sugar evenly in heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat, until sugar turns a deep amber. Do not stir. Add pears. Caramel will clump together. Continue cooking another 10 minutes, stirring occasionallly. Sugar will re-caramelize. Be careful not to get burned. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Blend well with heat-resistant spatula. Turn into souffle dish. Cool 20 minutes. Freeze 3 hours or until of desired solidity.

Caramel Pear Ice Milk

Pear Prune Cake

Today I made Pear Prune Cake!

1 scant C flour, 1C sugar, 1 1/2t baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 5T butter, melted, 4.25 oz pitted prunes, 1/4C water, 2 eggs, 1/4C milk, 2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped medium finely

Preheat oven to 375F. Cook prunes in water over medium heat until soft, about 10 minutes. Mash. Cool. Melt butter. Cool. Meanwhile, beat eggs with sugar until light colored. Add butter. Mix prunes with pears. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. To the batter, add milk, alternating with dry ingredients, beginning and ending with dry. Mix in fruit until just blended. Turn into greased tube pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Pear Cranberry Pie

Today I made Pear Cranberry Pie!

1 pie shell, 3T butter, 7 small or 5 medium pears, 1/3C sugar, 1t ground cinnamon, 1t nutmeg, 1t ginger, 1/2C dried cranberries, 3T cornstarch, 3T water

Preheat oven to 400F. Melt butter. Add sugar. Peel, core and chop pears coarsely. Add to butter mixture. Cook until pears are soft, about 10 minutes. Add spices. Mix in cranberries. Make a slurry with the cornstarch and water by stirring until smooth and adding to the pear mixture. Turn into pre-baked pie shell. Bake 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 375F. Bake 20 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cool.