Last year was my first holiday season with my boyfriends family. It was very special, and this year has been no different. His grandparents have traditionally given each family member a box of delicious pears, and last year I made a pear cobbler with them. It was a hit, so I believe I will make it a new tradition to use those pears and make a cobbler each year. I don’t think I will get any objections from my man!
This pear cobbler is a play on my summer peach cobbler. I make it in an oven safe skillet instead of a baking dish. Baking it in a skillet gives the cobbler a rustic, southern look (which I love).
The smell of pears mixed with cinnamon sizzling in a skillet is the BEST, and definitely reminds me of the holidays!
As in all of my dishes, I use heart healthy ingredients in this cobbler. For me the holidays are about enjoying good food with family and friends. Over the years I have been experimenting with making clean, wholesome holiday treats that won’t leave everyone feeling over stuffed. I think you’ll find this pear cobbler recipe will satisfy your sweets craving … it’s delicious for breakfast too!
Let’s get our Pear Cobbler on!
Wholesome Pear Cobbler
- 6 – 8 pears peeled and sliced (organic if available)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice from 2 med organic lemons
- 3/4 cup organic coconut sugar
- 2 tbs cornstarch
- 1 tsp organic cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
- 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
- 1/2 tsp fine ground sea salt
- 1/2 cup earth balance butter or organic unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup organic heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 375°
- In a large bowl combine pears, lemon juice, 1/4 cup coconut sugar, 2 tbs cornstarch, and cinnamon. Mix well, and set aside to allow pears to soak up the ingredients.
- For the dumplings: into a large bowl sift flour, 1/2 cup coconut sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In small chunks add 12 tbs of Earth Balance butter or unsalted butter to flour mixture. Use hands to mix until dough looks like chunky bread crumbs. Add heavy cream and mix with a wooden spoon until smooth. The dough will be sticky.
- In a skillet over med heat add remaining Earth Balance or unsalted butter. Once butter is melted pour pear mixture into the skillet. Allow to bubble and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Drop dough a 1/4 cup at a time over pears. Allow about a 1/2 inch between each dumpling.
- Sprinkle with coconut sugar, and bake for 40 -45 minutes. Check after 30 minutes.
Note: The organic heavy cream can be replaced with organic milk if the cream is too heavy for you.
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