Thursday, September 11, 2008

My Cup Runneth Over




I finally have some pears!!!! Look how beautiful they are. We had some sliced pears with lunch, and then the girls and I went and collected a couple more pears that were close to being ripe. (A lot more fell off the tree when we were picking them, so I brought them in, in the hopes that I could get them to ripen soon.) There were enough that were close enough to being ripe...not to be eaten fresh, but they cooked up beautifully into a cobbler.


Country Pear Cobbler


Filling:

3/4 C firmly packed brown sugar

3 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp nutmeg

Dash cloves

2 Tbsp lemon juice

6 to 8 medium pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced


Topping:

1 C flour

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 C buttermilk

3 Tbsp margarine or butter, melted (Who am I kidding? BUTTER!)

1 Tbsp sugar, if desired (and yes...you do desire)

Light cream, if desired (and yes, I did desire, but not enough to run to the grocery store)


Combine all of the filling ingredients, except pears, in a large skillet. Stir in sliced pears. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until hot and bubbly, stirring gently. Remove from heat and set aside.


Make topping. Place flour, sugar, baking powder, and soda in bowl and beat on low speed for about 30 seconds. Add buttermilk and melted butter. Continue to mix on low for another 30 seconds, or until blended. (Don't overblend.)


Pour hot filling into 8 or 9 inch baking pan. Spoon topping over filling and sprinkle with that extra 1 Tbsp sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until pears are tender and bubbly and topping is done...all nice and golden brown. Serve warm and top with light cream, if desired, or a la mode.






I also had a sweet surprise from one of my "new, old" friends. I'll explain that first. I've known Erin for 2 years online. We're both members of a China adoption group, and we both brought our girls home within a couple months of eachother. Now that we live in Colorado, we only live about 20 minutes away and were able to get together one day this summer before she had to go back to school (she is a teacher here in our local school district.) Well, she dropped in to congratulate us on receiving PA, and she brought me flowers! How sweet is that?




I am one blessed gal!



4 comments:

Alison said...

Pears are a tricky thing. My neighbor has a pear tree in her back yard. This year it was covered in pears. She did not get to eat one, not one! The squirrels, dogs and chipmunks got to feast, but she was left to hope and wait for another year!

I have a grape vine in my back yard. This year it was covered, just covered in grapes. I got to eat one, single grape. Mmmm, aren't I lucky! The birds, squirrels and chipmunks got the rest!

We have some very healthy looking squirrels in our neighborhood. Oh yes, they ate all the acorns too!

Janet said...

I LOVE pears! They don't grow very well where I'm from (too cold) but I buy them all the time! They're one of Adam's favorite fruits!

Elizabeth Bergeron said...

Well, I had no idea you could grow pears in Co. I wonder if I can grow them in Ohio! They look so yummy!!

That was real nice of Erin to bring you flowers. :)

Carole said...

I've never thought about pear cobbler - sounds absolutely delicious!