Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mini Pear Crisps

I had some pears with me and I was searching for a good recipe when I saw these mini crisps in Parents magazine These are simple crisps which are low sugar and are prepared in small individual bowls or rather bake and serve bowls.These being mini are baked for a small amount of time than the normal crisp which is made in a larger dish.But I tried these in the microwave and they came out perfect.

Ingredients:
Pears: atleast 2 peeled,cored and cubed

All Purpose Flour: 1 tbsp
Sugar: 1 tbsp
Spice Powders : optional: I used cinnamon,ginger and clove powders

Maple Syrup: just a squeeze

Muesli/Granola : 2-4 tbsp : homemade or storebght: I used homemade muesli
Dates: chopped : few (I did not use)


Preparation:
Mix together the flour,sugar and spice powders if using. Peel,core and cube the pears.To these add the flour mix and mix well so the the pear pieces get coated with it.Arrange/add the pear into the serving bowls which ought to be microwave safe.
Top the pears with a squeeze of maple syrup and sprinkle granola/muesli  and chopped dates on top.

Microwave for about 3 minutes at 100% power or until the pears are cooked and the muesli is toasted and the top looks golden brown.Serve warm optionally topped with ice cream or vanilla whipped cream.


Start with 1 and 1/2 minutes first.You can see the pears bubbling and they look reduced and mashed and generally the quantity of fruits in thee bowl will look reduced..No need to completely cook/bake the pears unless you like so.Also my muesli had dryfruits like figs  and apricots so I did not add dates at the top.But the original recipe had it and so you can do it if you like.Also since the muesli was spiced with cinnamon and other spices,I added a little of these powders to the flour and sugar.You can avoid this or even add spices of your choice.Also ifyou like avoid the sugar in the flour mix and then add/squeeze more maple syrup/honey after arranging the friot pieces in the bowl.

The dish was not overly sugary and is very easy to make thanks to the microwave.You can instead also bake it in the oven for 20 minutes at 350F.But microwave is preferable here and especially when guests are there this low sugar or healthy and fruity dish can be whipped up in serving bowls itself and served.Also the time of the dish varies with the size of the bowl as well.Earlier or when I first tried it,I used medium sized bowl and it took just 1 and half minutes for 2 bowls at one go.The second time I used glasses ,okay just like that- and it took 3 minutes.So the cooking/baking time varies depending on the type of dish and also on the wattage of the microwave.

This is my  entry to SHF #69: Bite Size Desserts hosted at Aparna's, an event by Jennifer, the Domestic Goddess.This surely can be finished in 2-3 spoonfuls. The fruity dish also visits MEC: Fruits hosted at Nivedita's,an event by Srivalli. Both of you bear with me.,my pics are not that good.


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