August 29, 2009

Gluten-Free Peach Pear Crisp

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 Remember all of those pears I acquired? Well, I still had quite a few left after the jam-making session. I also happened to have a few Texas peaches that were past their prime. (Have you ever had a Texas peach? They don’t compare to the California peaches I find in the groceries, which are usually hard as rocks, somewhat mealy, and not nearly as fragrant. Texas peaches are so juicy that one bite will cause drips of juice to run down your chin, and their scent is so alluring. I’m sure California peaches taste this good in California, but here, I’ll take the fresh, local peach over a cold-storage peach any day.) I figured, what better way to use up some of this fresh produce than to try my hand at a fruit crisp.

Since going gluten-free, I’ve tried to bake several crisps. I must not have nailed down my ratios of baking mix to butter in past attempts, however, as the “crisp” just wasn’t, well…crisp. This version was inspired by an apple crisp created by Karina over at Gluten-Free Goddess. Her version was vegan (mine was not), and of course, used apples. I took cues from her ratios, however, and much to my delight, a happy, warm, inviting peach-pear crisp was born.

I have to tell you, I love fruit-based desserts. Crisps, crumbles, cobblers, pies…when done well, they are such a comforting, delicious, amazing creation. Apparently I was so happy with this version, that I ate nearly half. Half! Let’s not even consider how many calories that must have been. My rationalization? There was fruit in it, so it has to be healthy. And let’s not get into the discussion of the ice cream I served alongside it.

You can, of course, substitute other fruits for the peaches and pears. If you do, however, you may need to adjust your sugar levels accordingly.

 

For the filling:

4 small pears, such as Bartlett, peeled and sliced

2 peaches, peeled and sliced

1 ½ T dark brown sugar

¼ t cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

Pinch salt

For the crisp:

¾ c dark brown sugar

¾ c Pamela’s GF baking and pancake mix (or your favorite GF baking mix)

1 t ground cinnamon

2 T slivered almonds

4 T butter or shortening

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie plate; set aside. In a medium bowl, toss the pears and peaches with the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, gluten-free baking mix, cinnamon, and almonds. Cut the butter into ½ inch cubes, and with your fingers, mix together until it forms coarse crumbs.

Add the fruit filling to the prepared pie plate, and top with crisp topping. Bake in oven for 35-45 minutes or until fruit is tender and crumble is golden brown.

Cool a bit on a wire rack. Serves 4.

29 Responses to “Gluten-Free Peach Pear Crisp”

  1. Yum!!!!! I love a good crisp, and peaches and pears are two of my favs. I never thought to combine them, though. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Crisps are good. The ice cream is just an added bonus. I haven’t worked with pears, yet. I think I need to add that to my list.

  3. Your peach crisp looks great – made my mouth water. I just made Gluten free blueberry scones using Pamela’s baking and pancake mix and was very happy with the results. It’s a great mix!

    Ellen
    http://www.Iamglutenfree.blogspot.com

  4. I love the combo of pears and peaches here! Crisps are one of my favorites too! Your crumble on top turned out great for being gluten-free!

  5. This looks really good! I have a counter full of peaches, and I’m thinking that some of them should go into a crisp. You reminded me about individual crisps that I was addicted to last fall. I would cut up a piece of fruit (usually a pear) and toss it with lemon juice, then top with a handful of oats, a little bit of melted butter, and cinnamon and bake. It was really simple, but fairly tasty!

  6. Your crisp looks great! It’s nice when you have a lot of fruit on hand and are able to be creative with it. That side of ice cream looks very refreshing next to the peach & pear crisp. Yum!

  7. Oh boy this peach cobbler would be perfect right now with the hot weather. Your crips looks insanely delicious!

  8. looks absolutely delish something worth doing and trying , and to top it all Gluten free well done..cheers Rico|Recipes

  9. YUMM, sounds delish!!

  10. oh my! fruit crisps are one of my favorites treats. what a great way to use up those luscious pears

  11. Yum!! Love the red dish too!!

  12. Your crisp looks delicious and I’m sure that the texture combination of peaches and pears makes it lots of fun to eat. I’ve not yet figured out how to make a delicious crisp sugar free….I’ve failed a few times but I’ll keep trying.

    I noticed that you added my blog carnival button! Thank you! :)

  13. The crisps look and sound delicious! I love the combination of pears & peaches…

  14. drool….I don’t think I need to say anymore. And I don’t think I’ve ever had a Texas peach.

  15. Your description of the TX peach sounds like the GA peach. Sweet and juicy. Great looking crisp. We can eat gluten, but this would be perfect anyways.

  16. Wow, that crisp looks sooooo good! Impressive!

  17. I love fruit desserts too, and your crisp looks just perfect!

  18. Oh, how I love a good, wholesome crisp! And this one is beckoning me.

  19. Peach, one of the fav. fruit of my husband….and not to mention with nutty crumble topping :-)

    Angie’s Recipes

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  21. I love fruity dessert — then, pie & pear.. wow, what a great combination! And I totally agree with everyone that your crisp looks fabulous!

  22. Oops, I meant peach and pear :)

  23. this looks great! I hadn’t thought of putting peaches and pears together, but yum! i can’t wait to try it =)

  24. Fruity desserts are always the best despite my love for chocolate. Peaches and pears sound good together. It might get me past peaches and blueberries.

  25. Can canned fruit in juice be substituted?

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