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MainRecipesDessert | Fresh Pear and Dried-Cherry Custard Crisp

   Fresh Pear and Dried-Cherry Custard Crisp submitted by Mom Johnson
Fresh pears, custard and tart cherries....Bake this up in the Fall when pears are ripe and juicy. Can't find creme fraiche? I used vanilla yogurt and a little cream. Trader Joe's has both the creme fraiche and tart dired cherries.

For topping: Mix first 6 ingredients in medium bowl. Add melted butter and vanilla extract and stir with a fork until soft and crumbly dough forms.

For custard: Whisk eggs in medium bowl to blend. Whisk in creme fraiche and vanilla. Sift in flour; whisk until smooth.

For filling: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter a 13x9 inch casserole or oval baking dish. Combine the pears, cherries, and lemon juice in a large bowl; toss to blend. Mix flour, sugar and lemon peel in a small bowl. Add to pear mixture and toss to blend. Transfer pear mixture to baking dish and press slightly with a rubber spatula to form an even layer. Pour custard over pear mixture. Using fingers, crumble topping evenly over. Bake until pears are tender and topping is deep golden, about 50-55 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream.

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v Topping
v 3/4 cup all purpose flour
v 6 T. packed brown sugar
v 1/4 cup pecans, ground in the processor
v 1 tsp. cinnamon
v 1 tsp. finely grated lemon peel
v 1/2 tsp. salt
v 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
v 1 tsp. vanilla extract

v Custard
v 2 large eggs
v 1 cup creme fraiche
v 1 tsp. vanilla extract
v 1 T. flour

v Filling
v 3 1/2 pounds firm but ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
v 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
v 2 T. fresh lemon juice
v 1/3 cup all purpose flour
v 1/2 cup baker's sugar (superfine sugar) or regular sugar
v 2 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon peel
v French vanilla ice cream

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