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.
Pear and Ginger Cobbler
- 8 Barlett pears peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger
- Zest of half a lemon
- 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar separated
- 2 cups flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons chilled butter
- 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup milk
Preheat oven to 425° F. Butter a large (14-inch long) baking dish.
Combine pears, ginger, lemon zest and juice, and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl. With your hands, gently toss the pears until evenly coated with ingredients. Spoon into the prepared baking dish.
In another bowl combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Work the butter and shortening in with a pastry blender, two knives, or your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Lightly beat the egg and milk together, and then slowly stir this into the mixture. Knead lightly, sprinkling on more flour if necessary to form a smooth,not stick, dough.
Break off portions of the dough and place them on top of the fruit, pressing slightly and flattening the dough. Cover the entire surface with the dough pieces to give a "cobbled" effect.
Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over dough, and bake until well-browned, 35 to 45 minutes. Serve immediately.
Recipe adapted from The New Basics Cookbook