Fresh Pear Crisp with Ginger Snap Cookie Crust

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Fresh Pear Crisp with Ginger Snap Cookie Crust
Serves 6
One of Chef Pete's very favorite recipes for pears is this Fresh Pear Crisp using a crushed Ginger Snap Streusel which adds a special sweet-spiciness and goes particularly well with any pear you choose.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Ginger Snap Cookies, crushed or chopped
  2. 1⁄2 Cup Rolled Oats (Not Quick Oats)
  3. 1⁄2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  4. 3⁄4 Stick Melted Butter
  5. 6 Cups Pears, peeled, cored, halved and sliced 1/4" or diced into 3/4" pieces
  6. 1⁄4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  7. 2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  8. 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  9. 1⁄4 Stick Melted Butter
  10. 1 pinch Salt
  11. 1⁄2 tsp. Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Grease or spray with vegetable spray, a small oven-proof baking dish (approximately 8" x 8").
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix together the ginger snap cookies with the rolled oats, brown sugar and 3/4 cup of melted butter. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the pears, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, 1/4 cup melted butter, salt and cinnamon and pour that mixture into your baking dish.
  4. Top evenly with the ginger snap cookie and oat mixture and bake in a 350 degree oven approximately 45 minutes or until the filling is bubbly.
  5. Allow the crisp to cool until warm and serve with the BEST vanilla ice cream you can find!
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