This dessert features a wonderful, butter pecan crisp topping over fresh pears in an Old South flavored brown sugar, cream cheese sauce. It is best warm from the oven and topped with good vanilla ice cream or a whipped topping.
2 tbsp. cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 large pears, peeled, cored and cut in chunks
2 tbsp. chopped pecans
8 crushed vanilla wafers
2 tbsp. butter
vanilla ice cream or whipped topping
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350. Butter small casserole dish. Mix sugar, softened cream cheese, cinnamon and salt until well blended. Stir in pears and pour mixture into buttered casserole.
Mix pecans, wafers and butter in another bowl. Sprinkle over cream cheese with pear mixture. Bake 30 minutes or until pears are bubbling and crispy topping is golden brown.
Serve with ice cream or whipped topping.
Makes 4 small or 2 very large servings.
ANOTHER VERSION: Ellaella of made this dessert with some Yankee touches. One of the changes she made was to substitute gingersnaps for the vanilla wafers. She also made individual servings instead of using one casserole dish. AND …according to Ellaella the crisp was outstanding. You can find Ellaella’s version here: http://foodpluspolitics.com/