D’anjou Pear Streusel

pear streusel

Tender bites of pear and juicy pieces of blackberry are irresistible with a streusel topping. Try local varieties of pear, if available, for a fresher, more robust flavor.

Serves 8

YOU NEED:

For the filling:

  • 6 firm to ripe pears, such as D’anjou, cut into bitesized pieces
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax (if not available, substitute 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar*
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup softened butter*

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix topping ingredients in a small bowl, cutting the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse meal. Place in refrigerator.
  3. Mix pears, lemon juice, salt, flax, and sugar in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Spread evenly.
  4. Sprinkle blackberries evenly over pear mixture, followed by the streusel topping.
  5. Bake in oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown on top and fragrant.
  6. Enjoy warm, topped with yogurt or ice cream if desired.

*Use vegan spread and organic sugar, which does not contain bone char, if you would like your pear streusel to be vegan.