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Quick and healthy pear crisp recipe

Speedy pear crisp

Associated Press

Speedy pear crisp

By SARA MOULTON

Associated Press

This quick, easy and delicious pear crisp calls for just five ingredients — pears, granola, lemon juice, apricot jam and a pinch of salt.

Another bonus: when pears are unripe and you don't have time to let them ripen, this recipe comes in mighty handy. Baking an unripe pear not only makes it tender, it also crystallizes and magnifies the fruit's flavor. Happily, any kind of pear — and there are many varieties.

Pears are a good source of vitamin C and a great source of fiber.

As for granola, many brands are laden with fat and sugar even as they masquerade under a healthy halo. That's why the recommended portion on the back of most granola boxes is just ¼ cup. So look for a brand that's lower in fat, sugar and calories than the competition — and which also contains lots of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. That said, I wouldn't worry too much about the amount of granola in this recipe. Per serving, it's about what the granola box recommends, and mostly serves to put the crisp on this pear crisp.

SPEEDY PEAR CRISP

½ cup plus 1 tablespoon apricot preserves or sweetened fruit spread

4 pears (about 2 pounds), peeled, cored and thinly sliced

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Table salt

2 cups purchased granola

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a shallow 6-cup baking dish with cooking spray.

In a small saucepan over medium-low, heat the preserves until melted and easily stirred.

Set the sliced pears in a large bowl, then drizzle the preserves over them. Add the lemon juice and salt, then toss well. Spread the pears evenly in the prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle the granola evenly over the pears, then cover the dish loosely with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Serve hot or cold.

Serves 8.

Nutritional information per serving: 210 calories (25 calories from fat, 12 percent of total calories), 2.5g fat (0.5g saturated, 0g trans fats), 0mg cholesterol, 50g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 27g sugar.

Quick and healthy pear crisp recipe 03/08/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 5:01pm]
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