Gingered Pear and Blueberry Cobbler – January’s Dessert of the Month

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 14, 2011

First up in this year’s Dessert of the Month…Gingered Pear and Blueberry Cobbler!

I’ve made a number of cobblers and crisps in my day. I thought I’d stick to a baking concept that I was familiar with and experiment with flavors. I’ve never made one, or tried one, with these 3 flavor combinations.

I bought 4 pears at the store last week, not really intending to use them for this recipe…but since nobody took them in his lunch this week (Steve…*ahem*)…I used them to make this dessert!  I still have a large bag full of fresh blueberries in the freezer, so I was in luck!

I give you the photo tutorial. But be warned…there are a lot. lot. lot. of photos.  If you scroll fast enough, it might even turn into a video! ;)

Cut off the bottoms of the pears.

And now remove the tops.

Peel off the skin, however you prefer…peeler, knife…whatever.

Slice off the flesh from the core.

Slice into thin strips.

Then cut the strips in half and toss into a mixing bowl.

Add the lemon juice.

The brown sugar. (And it’s okay if the brown sugar is packed in a “heaping” sort of way!)

Sprinkle in the ginger and cinnamon.

Add the salt.

(I’m not entirely sure why I use my hand when I add salt. But I do it all the time when baking. Huh?!)

Toss in the flour.

Prepare to mix.

Mix and toss. Toss and mix.

Until well coated.

Retrieve frozen blueberries and add 1 cup to the pear mixture.

(And if you don’t put them back into the freezer right away, a child might come along and start eating them straight out of the bag.  More on that in a few…)

Nom. Nom.

Toss the blueberries in with the pears and get them nice and coated with the brown sugar and juices.

In a separate mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Whisk.

Add egg and softened butter.

(This is the part where I remembered that my fun new kitchen gadget that I got for Christmas…thanks Sis!)

(It’s a scraper whisk thingamabob.)

Whisk the batter, and then add the milk and vanilla until the batter is smooth.

Keepin’ it real. Wide angle shot…mid-mixing!

Pour into deep dish pie plate, 8-9″ round or square baking dish.

Add a few tiny dollops of butter.

Pour the batter over the pears and blueberries.  Help it spread a little.  But know that it will spread to the edges as it bakes.

Sprinkle a little ginger over the top of the batter.  Just a little dusting!

Gingerized batter.  Ready to bake!

Charlie building a castle, while I put away the other ingredients.  His lips are blue from eating frozen blueberries, straight out of the bag!

Once baked, you get to enjoy a bowl.

Or two.

Or three.

(Not that I did that or anything.)

(The real reason I don’t do much baking…I can’t seem to control myself!)

(No…I really didn’t have three bowls…but I sure thought about it!)

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Gingered Pear and Blueberry Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 4 Bartlett pears, peeled, seeded and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • About 1 Tbsp butter or margarine, for dotting

Batter Topping

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • Sprinkles of ginger

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a deep dish pie plate, 9″ square or round baking dish.
  2. Combine the pears, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, flour and salt in a mixing bowl.  Toss well.  Add the frozen blueberries and toss again. Set aside and prepare the batter.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, lightly whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Add the butter, egg, vanilla and milk and whisk until a batter forms.
  4. Pour the pears and blueberries mixture into the greased baking dish.  Add a few small dollops of butter atop the pears.
  5. Pour the batter over the top, spreading lightly.  It will spread as it cooks.
  6. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes, or until batter has cooked through and begins to turn golden on top.
  7. Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream or as is.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle S January 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I have pears and blueberries sitting around right now! Thanks! And I’m so happy to see Earth Balance butter as we are dairy free for 2/3 of the house. Hubby gets milk still. Did/can you use rice milk for this recipe too?

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patti January 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Ohhhhh, I just have to know where the scraper wisk thingamabob is from. That is so cool. I’d love to get one if you can share where your sis got it???????? OH and the recipe looks great to :-)

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Kaycee Fisher January 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I agree with Patti! I need that whisk-spatula-scraper-thingamabob!!

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LisaE January 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

This recipe looks awesome…..I always love a good dessert! I have all ingredients except the pears but I will check them out on my next shopping trip so I can try this-I always like a good tasting dish with ginger-yum.

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Marla January 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Saw you on FOX this morning. Would love to meet you someday, if you and the family are ever in Austin, Texas. I admire what you have done for yourself and your family. This is what makes America great. I am trying to expand on our little vacuum shop by offering vacuum bags and belts through the mail. How hard was it to make money off of your web site and how long did it take? If you don’t have time to answer, I will understand.

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Bridgett January 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Looks great! I may have to grab a few pears to try this one!!!

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Jordon January 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Made it, LOVED it! Unfortunately so did my husband. Yes, I shared.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 30, 2011 at 8:08 am

LOL! How kind of you to share!!! ;)

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Statii Radio February 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

Although it’s not January anymore, I still like this recipe a lot. Your pictures are so mouth-watering. Thank you for sharing.

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Sharron September 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm

It was delicious. Have a pear tree that yielded so many pears this year and was looking for a recipe like this. Yummy Try it with Butter pecan ice cream

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