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Cranberry-Pear Crumble

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Categories: Christmas, Low-fat, Thanksgiving
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

If the fruit seems a bit tart in this cranberry-pear crumble, just add a little bit of extra sugar.

Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups diced peeled pears (about 5 medium)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen (unthawed) cranberries
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • TOPPING
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons frozen (thawed) orange juice concentrate
  • 1/3 cup honey crunch wheat germ or chopped toasted pecans

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Directions:

  1. To make the filling, place the pears and cranberries in a large bowl, and toss to mix well. Set aside.
  2. Place the brown sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl, and stir to mix well. Sprinkle the mixture over the fruit, and toss to mix. (If the fruit is tart, you may need to add another couple of tablespoons of sugar.) Coat a 9-inch deep dish pie pan with nonstick cooking spray, and spread the fruit mixture evenly in the pan. Set aside.
  3. To make the topping, place the oats, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl, and stir to mix well. Add the juice concentrate, and stir until the mixture is moist and crumbly. (If the mixture seems too dry, add more juice concentrate, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until the proper consistency is reached.) Stir in the wheat germ or pecans. Sprinkle the topping over the filling.
  4. Bake uncovered at 375°F for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Cover loosely with aluminum foil during the last few minutes of baking if the topping starts to brown too quickly. Allow to cool at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving warm.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Best-Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. Copyright 2000 by Sandra Woodruff.

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