After days of non-stop (but much-needed) rain in San Diego, yesterday it finally cleared up long enough for me to venture out of the house and buy some groceries. Before heading out, I checked the fridge and found that I still had some leftover cranberry sauce. No, not from Thanksgiving… c’mon now.
I had made a cranberry-ginger syrup over the holidays to use in a gorgeous cranberry-ginger limeade, but I still had the cooked berries left behind after straining the syrup. Anyways, after playing around with the idea of making muffins or pancakes with the accidental cranberry sauce, I thought – hey! It’s been a long time since I’ve had a good old-fashioned fruit crisp. Plus, I was already planning to use the oven to make a garlic white pizza for dinner. Sounded like a winner to me.
Off to the store, I picked up a big bag of green pears – which I thought would pair well (pear well? Get it?) with the tart cranberries. Fruit crisp has to be one of the easiest baked desserts in the world. Just layer sliced fruit and/or berries of choice into a baking dish, mix the topping ingredients in a bowl (precise measurements not necessary), sprinkle over the fruit, and bake.
This cranberry pear crisp smells divine coming out of the oven.
But as I dug into it, I found myself wishing for vanilla ice cream, or even whipped cream, to accompany it. Not one to give up on my dreams (or cravings, rather), I rustled up a luscious, creamy vanilla drizzle using leftover coconut milk and some raw cashews. Who says only actors can improvise?
Make this cranberry pear crisp with vanilla drizzle one of these cold, winter nights!
Feel free to substitute whatever ingredients you have on hand; this isn’t like baking a cake, after all. You can try a combination of pears, apples, peaches, and/or bananas with strawberries, blueberries, and/or cherries – it’s a great way to use up fruit that’s a little too ripe (or, in my case, leftover cranberry sauce). You can also play around with the spices for the topping and add walnuts or pecans, if you like. Enjoy!
Nutrition information below is for serving of 1/8 cranberry pear crisp with vanilla drizzle, using pecans in recipe.