I know, I know, more cranberries. I just can’t help myself though! The combination of pears and cranberries was too good to pass up.

The pie was very simple and would be perfect on any holiday dessert buffet. The oatmeal streusel topping is a nice change from a double crust fruit pie. The brown sugar and ginger (I know, I hate ginger but a little powdered ginger doesn’t bother me too much) in the topping was a perfect match with the pears and cranberries.

One thing though, if I was to make this again, I’d cook the pears with the cranberries. They were a little too crunchy for me but it could’ve been that my pears just weren’t ripe enough. Also, I used fresh cranberries in the pie but I’m sure dried would be fine. I would just use more water and less sugar.

Pear-Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Streusel
Ingredients
For the pie:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 peeled Anjou pears cored and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • your favorite single pie crust recipe or a refrigerated one!
  • Cooking spray
For the streusel:
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Position oven rack to lowest third of oven. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. To prepare pie, combine 1/2 cup water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Add cranberries; return to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 2 tablespoons. Remove from heat; cool.
  3. Combine lemon juice and pears in a large bowl; toss. Weigh or lightly spoon 1/4 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1/4 cup flour and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Add flour mixture to pear mixture; toss to coat. Stir in cranberry mixture.
  4. Fit pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Fold edges under; flute. Spoon pear mixture into prepared crust.
  5. To prepare streusel, weigh or lightly spoon 1/3 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine butter and apple juice in a bowl, stirring well. Add flour, oats, and remaining ingredients; toss. Sprinkle oat mixture over pear mixture. Cover pie loosely with foil; place pie plate on a baking sheet. Bake, covered, in the lower third of oven at 400° for 1 hour. Uncover; bake 15 minutes or until browned. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour.
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So, I’m totally cheating. This week for CEiMB we were given the opportunity to choose whatever recipe we wanted and were asked to serve it at our Thanksgiving meal if at all possible. Well, after being told numerous times that I’m not allowed to bring anything to Thanksgiving, I decided to be a cheater. (I’m not cheating by posting late though, I promise. We’re allowed to this week!)

Today I bring you Ellie’s vanilla spice oatmeal. I’m a huge oatmeal fan, I have it probably 4 mornings out of the week. You just can’t beat it when it comes to nutrition AND taste. Normally I cook it with a banana and a tiny bit of brown sugar so I found Ellie’s Vanilla Spice Oatmeal to be a little sweet as it contained raisins, vanilla, and brown sugar. The sweetness was a nice change though and I gobbled it up.

I’ve adapted the recipe for 1 serving and made a few small changes but otherwise, a very good oatmeal recipe.

Vanilla Spice Oatmeal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 tablespoons walnuts coarsely chopped, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoons dark brown sugar plus more, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Stir in the oats and raisins, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, place nuts, if using, in a dry skillet over a medium-high flame, and toast, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. When the oats are cooked remove pan from the flame and stir in the vanilla and nutmeg. Swirl in the brown sugar and place the oatmeal in serving bowls. Top with toasted nuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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