Everyone loves a good dessert. Not everyone loves cooking. Making a good dessert doesn’t need to be an insurmountable task. Today’s recipe is a Pear Cobbler that you can whip up in no time at all and have your family, friends, and loved ones surprised at your culinary prowess.

3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided 2
6 very ripe pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 cup all-purpose flour 8200335962_797468a54d_o
¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup 2% reduced-fat milk
¼ cup brandy
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400°.

Drizzle the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. In a large bowl combine pears, ½ cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon rind. Spread pear mixture in baking dish. Combine flour, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, milk, and brandy, and stir until well-blended. Spoon the batter around the pear halves. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with hot a spoon full of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream, perhaps an aperitif. Don’t forget to let everyone know that you made it from scratch and that it took you all day.


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