Today marks the first day of the Buy Fresh, Buy Local-Greater Lehigh Valley Buy Local Challenge, in which we have pledged to “eat more locally-grown foods during the month of September, 2011.” We’ve already switched to 80-90% local, this challenge will renew our commitment and push us towards 100% local, with the exception of the 25th through 30th when we will travel to Maine on vacation (during those days, we’ll be enjoying the local products of the towns we stop in along the way).
To kick off this month’s challenge, here’s a way to enjoy the late summer harvest of juicy pears! I bought a quart of pears from Pappy’s Orchard and wanted to use them for something different. I had recently watched an episode of Next Food Network Star where the contestants prepared poached pears, but poaching is something I’ve never tried and don’t really care to. I was feeling kind of lazy, so pie crust was not an option. So, I rummaged through the kitchen and gathered up some granola and jam to turn into something easy and delicious. What I ended up with is not only pretty healthy but also seriously heavenly. Serve these granola-coated, pie-tasting pears warm with ice cream for a special dessert and save leftovers (if there are any) to serve with yogurt in the morning!
• 4-6 pears (depending on size)
• 1/4 c. strawberry or raspberry jam (I used homemade pectin-free strawberry)
• 1 c. granola (from Jumbars)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Pulse granola in food processor until fine crumbs, then place in shallow bowl or plate.
- Peel and core pears.
- Put jam in bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted, adding enough water to make into thick sauce (a few tablespoons maximum).
- Dip bottom 2/3 of pear in melted jam.
- Roll the jam covered portion of pear into granola crumbs and place in baking dish.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until pears are soft.
- Serve warm topped with ice cream (Keepsake Farm‘s is great!) or yogurt (right now, ours is from Klein Farms).
* Bonus Tip: If you have any extra jam-sauce, don’t throw it away! Mix it with some plain yogurt for a quick flavor and sweetness boost to your breakfast. *