Pears grow really well in the Lake Conroe area. I have a heavily-laden pear tree in my front yard as we speak. Today I wanted to share my family’s favorite way to enjoy these home-grown fruit, which is homemade Pear Cobbler.
5-6 fresh pears, peel, cored, and sliced
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 stick of butter, slightly softened
In a 13″ x 9″ glass dish, grease the dish generously with butter. In a large mixing bowl, add the sliced pears. Then stir in all the other ingredients for the filling. Pour this mixture in the 13″ x 9″ dish and spread evenly.
In a smaller bowl, add the flour and sugar for the topping. Place the stick of butter in the bowl. Using a butter knife or pastry knife, cut the butter into the flour and sugar mixture. There will be small clumps of butter. Pour the topping over the filling and carefully spread to fully cover the dish.
Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 375 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Serve the cobbler hot or cold. Eat it plain or with ice cream or whipping cream. By the way, this recipe can easily be made gluten-free by using gluten-free flour in the place of flour.
If you are interested in raising your own pears or any other kinds of fruit, check out this website. It has a very helpful chart that teaches you the right variety for Montgomery County. I only have one tree because our neighbor across the street has several. So mine gets pollinated from hers. Just something to keep in mind.
In the late summer, pears ripen. So this is a constant dish in our home throughout August. I hope that it will be in your home too. Nothing helps you beat the heat like a homemade pear cobbler swimming in ice cream.