Monday, January 31, 2011

Pear Cobbler

I'm sure Kay's recipe for Fruit Cobbler has now circled the globe, but in case you missed it she's enlarged on it with a fresh Pear Cobbler. She needed to use up some pears she'd bought that wouldn't seem to ripen and I'd just torn a recipe out of the Sunday newspaper's magazine and helped her out. She made it, brought some to my house and it's soooooo good. The original recipe she's used for many years came from her great-grandmother, Carrie Smith, on Tom Smith Road.


4 1/2 Tbsp. butter
3/4 cup plain flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
3/4 cup milk (can use cream for a richer taste)
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
8 small pears (some soft, some harder, about cups), peeled and sliced or diced.

Cut butter into chunks and place in a Pyrex dish. Place in a 350 oven 5-8 min., till butter is melted. Whisk together dry ingredients in bowl. Add milk and vanilla and whisk till smooth. Pour batter over hot butter, top with pears. Do not stir. Bake 45 minutes or until top is browned and a toothpick poked into center comes out clean. As they bake pears will sink to bottom. Serve slightly warm from the dish.

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