Pear and Ginger Cobbler is a relief amongst the countless cookies and candies creeping around every corner at Christmas time. Sweet, juicy pears sliced and seasoned with freshly grated ginger provide a delectable filling for an easy-to-make cobbler. Topped with a thick “cobbled” crust, this flavorful pear dish will have you thinking, “What cookies?”
I can always count on Harry & David pears to find their way into my house this time of year. Sweet and juicy, they are unbelievable on their own. I was not a big fan of pears growing up—perhaps it’s because the grocery store pears are more like pet rocks than a piece of fruit—but when I entered my “young adult years” I began to appreciate those of better quality. As a snack or in a salad, pears have found their way into my diet as well as my baking.
Around this time last year I made pear and ginger muffins with a honey glaze—a recipe I highly recommend bookmarking. But this cobbler… oh this cobbler… it is so good, especially if you like ginger. The fresh pears, grated ginger and chunks of cobbled dough come together to create flavor in every bite. I love the “cobbled” crust, which is simply pieces of dough broken apart, flattened and placed on top of the filling: sliced pears seasoned with fresh ginger, sugar, lemon juice and zest.
I suggest making this for any lingering holiday guests, as hostess gift or maybe just for yourself to enjoy with a scoop of ice cream. Blueberry peach crumbles on summer days are far away, so a pear and ginger cobbler does just the trick with the same amount of ease.
Recipe adapted from The New Basics Cookbook