Pear Pomegranate Cobbler
Updated: Dec 31, 2020
January 3 2021
Happy New Year, friends! We made it! If you're like everyone that I know, you are ready for a new beginning. And, even though I like the idea of starting the year off healthy, I also like the idea of dessert. Especially one like this!
This is an interesting take on a traditional cobbler in that it uses pears as the fruit of choice. You could always substitute apples, but why? Apples always get the starring role, so try pears for something new! New for the New Year, right?
You are also reducing down pomegranate juice and flavoring the pears with this reduction. It gives the filling a luscious, warm flavor.
The topping is crunchy and sugary, the perfect answer to the soft delicious pear filling. Top it all off with ice cream and pomegranate seeds and you have a winner on your plate!
Pear Pomegranate Cobbler
Makes: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
2 cups pomegranate juice
6 Bosc pears (3 pounds peeled, halved, cored and diced into 1/2-inch pieces)
1 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 stick unsalted butter (cold, cut into small pieces)
1 cup heavy cream (plus more for brushing cold)
Coarse sugar for sprinkling
Pomegranate seeds and vanilla ice cream (for serving)
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place an 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
In a small saucepan, bring the pomegranate juice to a boil over moderately high heat until reduced to 1/3 cup, about 15 minutes. Pour the juice into a large bowl and fold in the pears, 3/4 cup of the sugar, 1/4 cup of the flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Scrape the mixture into the baking dish.
In another large bowl, whisk the remaining 2 cups of flour with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, the baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add the butter and, using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles very coarse crumbs, with some pieces the size of small peas. Gently stir in the 1 cup of cream just to combine.
Gather the topping into small clumps and scatter over the pear filling. Brush the topping with cream and sprinkle generously with sugar. Bake the cobbler for 60 to 70 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden. Tent with foil if the crust browns too quickly. Let cool for 20 minutes. Serve sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and topped with vanilla ice cream.
To bake the cobbler in individual portions, spoon the batter into 4 miniature skillets (2-cup capacity). Bake for 50 minutes.
Recipe adapted from Food & Wine