There is this slow transition happening in my kitchen. It’s subtle, but I sense it. I reach for potatoes to peel instead of watermelons to slice. I filled up the cinnamon and nutmeg spice jars. My vegetable drawer is stocked with zucchini. There is a hint of Fall in the air outside, and it’s seeping into our home. On an unexpectedly cool day last week, I pulled out a large casserole dish and began to fill it with ripened pears. I wasn’t too sure where I was going with this, but it felt right.
Then, I sprinkled them with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of raw sugar. Just like that, they would have been nice to bake and make a pear compote of sorts – however, I decided to top them with a spiced oat mixture. It would be a heavier and richer dessert.
The cobbler is simple and easy to make. It’s comforting in its simplicity and comforting when you eat it. I like that. It’s definitely an Autumn dessert. I combined gluten-free oats, brown rice flour, raw sugar, eggs, spices, and virgin coconut oil – it smells so good and it hasn’t even hit the oven yet. Piled over the warm pears, covered and into the heat for baking it goes. You hardly need a timer to know when it’s ready –
the incredible aroma will alert you, along with everyone else in the house, that something tasty is done.
Sweet spiced pears with an oat cobbler topping serve up one scrumptious dessert.
For the pears
- 7 bartlett pears, washed and sliced
- 1/4 cup raw sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
For the cobbler
- 1 cup of brown rice flour
- 1 cup of white rice flour or coconut flour
- 1/2 cup of gluten-free oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup of raw sugar
- 8 Tablespoons of creamy virgin coconut oil (refrigerate to get creamy texture) or butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- In a large baking dish (I used Le Creuset Round French Oven 7 1/4) place sliced pears.
- Toss lightly in raw sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a medium bowl, combine together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Add in virgin coconut oil and mix until little round clumps form.
- In a separate small bowl, mix the eggs with the vanilla until beaten.
- Pour into the cobbler mixture until dough starts to form.
- Use your hands to mix it together if necessary.
- Top the pears with the cobbler mixture.
- Bake covered in the oven for 30 minutes and remove cover for the last 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving.
- Serve with coconut whipped cream and fresh nutmeg.
- This cobbler would be equally lovely with apples.
My Grocery List for this recipe
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats
Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour Brown
Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Simply Organic Cinnamon Ground
Simply Organic Nutmeg Ground
Le Creuset 7-1/4-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry Red