Amaretto-Amaretti Pear Crumble recipe

This is a super-yummy Christmas time recipe. It’s like sophisticated apple pie.

Amaretto-Amaretti Pear Crumble

This easy dessert gets a double shot of almond flavor: Sweet, fragrant pears are tossed with amaretto and topped with crunchy amaretti (Italian almond-flavored cookies) crumbs. This dish is very juicy, so we suggest serving it with ice cream.

4 firm Bosc pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges (about 2 pounds)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur)
1 1/2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup amaretti cookie crumbs (about 16 cookies)
1 1/2 cups vanilla low-fat ice cream

Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine pears and juice in a large bowl; spoon into a 1-quart baking dish.
Combine the apricot preserves and liqueur in a small bowl; spoon evenly over pears. Sprinkle butter over pear mixture, and top with 1 cup amaretti cookie crumbs. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon pear mixture evenly into 6 bowls, and top each serving with 1/4 cup ice cream.

Yield: 6 servings

CALORIES 298(17% from fat); FAT 5.7g (sat 2.3g,mono 1g,poly 0.3g); PROTEIN 3g; CHOLESTEROL 10mg; CALCIUM 73mg; SODIUM 68mg; FIBER 4.5g; IRON 0.5mg; CARBOHYDRATE 60.2g

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