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Apple-Pear Gratin

Makes 8 servings

Notes: You can make this gratin up to 1 day ahead; cool, cover, and chill. Reheat, uncovered, in a 350° oven until warm, about 15 minutes.

Apple-Pear Gratin

James Carrier
 1 1/2 pounds Golden Delicious apples
 1 1/2 pounds firm-ripe Bartlett or Comice pears
 1 lemon (about 6 oz.), rinsed
 1/2 cup sugar
 1/4 cup dried currants
 2 tablespoons rum (optional)
 5 to 6 ounces anise or almond biscotti or shortbread cookies
 1 tablespoon melted butter
 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 2/3 cup whipping cream
  Vanilla ice cream or slightly sweetened softly whipped cream
Step 1

Peel and core apples and pears. Cut fruit lengthwise into about 1/2-inch-thick wedges; place in a large bowl.

Step 2

Grate peel (yellow part only) from lemon, then ream juice. Add peel and juice to apples and pears, along with sugar, currants, and rum; mix gently. Pour into a shallow 2- to 2 1/2-quart baking dish.

Step 3

Place biscotti in a 1-quart zip-lock plastic bag and crush lightly with a rolling pin to make 1 1/2 cups coarse crumbs; pour into a small bowl. Add butter and cinnamon and mix. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over fruit. Pour cream evenly over topping.

Step 4

Bake in a 375° regular or convection oven until fruit is tender when pierced and crumb topping is browned, 30 to 40 minutes. Let gratin cool at least 10 minutes; serve warm or cool. Scoop onto plates or bowls and top with ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 301Calories from Fat 30
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.9g16%

Saturated Fat 4.8g24%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 82mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 55g19%

Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Protein 3g6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.