We served Delectable at the recent Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Conference in San Francisco. Inspired by caramelized pear desserts in upscale restaurants, Delectable’s Bosc pears with underlying hints of butter and brown sugar fuse with the cookie’s shortbread-style base and subtle walnut and crystallized ginger flavors. A tin of these bars makes a wonderful hostess gift or addition to a family picnic. Simply delectable.
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root
2 tablespoons crystallized ginger,
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
3-1/2 cups Bosc pears, slivered
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Lightly butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch by-13-inch baking dish. Set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar and 1/3 cup light brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla, fresh grated ginger root and crystallized ginger. Blend until just incorporated.
2. Whisk together flour, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl and add to butter mixture. Beat until just blended. Stir in walnuts.
3. Press dough into prepared pan (smaller dishes will create a thicker cobbler dish). Spread pears evenly over the dough in pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar over pears. Drizzle melted butter over the top.
4. Bake for 40 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Let cool for 15 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.