YIELD: 8
TIME: 50-60 minutes
Appetizer

Pear Crisp with Maple Bourbon Cream Cheese Sauce

Ingredients
5-6 medium pears, sliced 1/4-1/2 inch thick (pears should have a slight give to them, not fully ripened and not rock hard)
3 tablespoons coconut sugar (sucanat or brown sugar)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup oat flour (gluten free all-purpose flour or regular all-purpose flour)
1/2 cup well-chopped walnuts
1/3 cup coconut sugar (sucanat or brown sugar)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) dairy-free butter, cut into small cubes
1 container Kite Hill Plain Cream Cheese
5 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)*
*For an alcohol-free sauce, simply omit the bourbon and decrease maple syrup to 1/4 cup. Sauce is lightly sweetened. Add 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup for a sweeter sauce if desired.
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Method
Step 1.
Preheat your oven to 350° F.
Step 2.
Add sliced pears to a large bowl.
Step 3.
In a small bowl, whisk together coconut sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour into the bowl of pears and gently toss together. Let sit for 30 minutes, so juices can macerate a bit.
Step 4.
In a large bowl combine all crisp topping ingredients (except dairy-free butter) and stir to combine.
Step 5.
Cut in cubed butter and with a pastry blender, a large fork, or your fingers, until crumbly and butter is evenly distributed (crumble pieces should be varied in size from pea-sized to 1-inch or so).
Step 6.
Evenly spread pears into a 9-10 inch cast iron skillet or a greased 9x9 baking dish. Sprinkle crumble mixture over top and press down lightly.
Step 7.
Bake uncovered for 30 - 35 minutes until just turning golden brown on top. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Step 8.
While cooling, place cream cheese in your food processor (or with a hand or stand mixer) and process until smooth.
Step 9.
Pour in all other sauce ingredients and process until well combined. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl and process again. Drizzle over top of the pear crisp and serve with additional sauce on the side.

This recipe uses:

Kite Hill Plain Cream Cheese

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