What is your favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table?
For me it’s always stuffing! I pretty much always go for seconds But it’s also one of those dishes that can also go horribly wrong. I’d say my other favorite is dessert. I’m not picky, I just like a some variety so I can fill my plate with a small tour de desserts like a pro.
I also feel like desserts are one of the best options to go with when someone asks if you can bring something along for Thanksgiving. I mean, you really can’t complain about taking home your leftover dessert.
Crisps are probably my all time favorite take along dessert. You can throw just about any fruit in it (either what you’ve got in your fridge or whatever is in season) and in 35 minutes you have an easy dessert that is quite impressive. It works like a charm every time. It’s easy to mix & match your fruit, as long as you have 4 cups total you’re golden!
So naturally, I like to make seasonal twists on my favorite dessert – and what better than cranberries and pears for Thanksgiving? The cranberries burst while in the oven, combining with the sweet juices from the pears. They are like a match made in heaven. Throw in a scoop of vanilla ice cream and I’m drooling!
And that topping? Pure crumbly goodness that takes mere minutes to stir together and sprinkle on top. This crisp has last minute dessert written all over it!
- 3 medium pears, cored and chopped (about 3 cups)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- ⅓ cup butter, softened
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¾ tsp ground nutmeg
- Pinch of ginger
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Lightly spray the bottom of an 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Toss together pears and cranberries and spread into the bottom of the baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, butter and vanilla until well mixed. Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over pears and cranberries.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and pears and cranberries are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.