pear and dried cherry crisp with coconut-almond topping

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Servs: 8

Serve the crisp warm, topped with vanilla ice cream.

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  • add   2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • add   1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • add   2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • add   2/3 cup sliced almonds (about 2 3/4 ounces)
  • add   <B>Topping</B>
  • add   3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • add   2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • add   7 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
  • add   1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • add   3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • add   1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • add   1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • add   1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • add   <B>Fruit</B>
  • add   1 1/3 cups dried tart cherries or raisins
  • add   Vanilla ice cream
  • add   3 1/2 pounds pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges

Instructions

  1. For Topping: Mix flour, sugar, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg in medium bowl. Add chilled butter and rub with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add shredded coconut and sliced almonds and rub mixture with fingertips until small clumps form. (Topping can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
  2. For Fruit: Preheat oven to 375° F. Butter 13 x 9x2-inch glass baking dish. Toss pears, cherries, sugar, flour and spices in large bowl. Transfer to prepared dish. Dot with butter. Sprinkle topping over. Bake until topping browns and juices thicken, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly. Serve with ice cream.

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