Pear Crisp

Serves 6 / A tangy citrus twist makes this seasonal dessert unexpected and delightful.

1 pound pears, sliced or diced
1/3 cup sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch of cinnamon
Juice and zest of one orange
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small squares
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
Vanilla ice cream, yogurt, or whipped cream (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Oil or butter a 9-inch pie dish. Mix pears with sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and orange juice and zest. Pour into pie plate.

2. Mix butter, brown sugar, oats, and flour together until crumbly. Spread on top of pear mixture. Place pie dish on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil to catch drippings. Bake for 35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream, a big spoonful of yogurt, or whipped cream.