Our Field Goods delivery last week brought us Asian Pears. I bought an Asian Pear one time just to see what it was like and it is kind of a cross between an apple and a pear. Juicy, but firm. Great for salads and baking. This time I was in the mood to do something different and came up with this Gingered Asian Pear Crostada!
I know I am going to make it sound like we live in the wilderness like my friend Pam from Living Rancho Deluxe right now. Really, we don’t! However, when I get home from work, I am not in the mood to run to the store just to get something I don’t have. I’d rather wait until I have to leave the house for work again before I do that. I’m big on saving miles and gas.
So, when I was trying to figure out what to do with these pears, at first I was thinking pie. You know. The two crusted variety. I am lazy though and I hate making pie crust. I also don’t normally have ready made pie crust in my fridge but just happened to have 1 circle left over from the box I bought to make Justin his Coconut Cream Pie when he visited a few weeks ago.
That was when it hit me, I could make a Crostada! I think ginger goes really well with pears and I knew I had some candied ginger in my pantry. Hence, the Gingered Asian Pear Crostada was born. It was our breakfast. Yup. Pie. For breakfast. Not a horrible thing really. After all, people eat cinnamon rolls for breakfast and there is less fruit in them!
Gingered Asian Pear Crostada
Serves: 6 servings
Firm but juicy Asian Pears paired with candied ginger bring out a flavor that is irresistible! Drizzle with a little bit of caramel to make this an extra special dessert!
- 2 asian pears, diced
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon diced candied ginger
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- caramel sauce for drizzle (optional)
- 1-8 inch pastry round (like Pillsbury Ready Crust)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Toss together pears, sugar, flour cinnamon, candied ginger, vanilla extract and salt.
- Roll out pastry round to enlarge to about 9 inches round.
- Place pear mixture in center of round and pull sides of crust up towards the center to cover.
- Spray top of crust with butter spray and sprinkle with sugar if desired.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes, or until crust has browned. Serve drizzled with caramel sauce if desired.