By SARA MOULTON
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.