Monday, January 20, 2014

My new friends Harry and David

One of my birthday surprises from my husband, aside from my party, was a box of pears from Harry and David. Have you ever had these pears? OH..MY..GOSH if you haven't immediately run to your computer and order some this very second!! They are hands down, the BEST fruit I have ever put in my mouth! I'm salivating just thinking about them and now I regret not bringing one to work for a snack. Anyway, apparently they shipped the pears using some service where FedEx takes them to your post office, or something like that. Well, the post office never would deliver them! Forrest went in and they said they weren't there, despite the fact that the tracking number said they were. Then he called Harry and David and they said they would re-ship, using a different service. One day, our sweet postman hunted the pears down in the post office, found them, and brought them to us. This was after the new pears shipped from HD. Not only did Harry and David send us another box of the pears Forrest ordered, but also another half sized box of pears with cheese and nuts! Amazing customer service AND amazing pears! The only problem was that now we had like, I don't know, 30+ pears and I didn't want them to go bad. Therefore, even though my friend Rachel said it was probably sacrilege to cook with them, I whipped up two recipes yesterday and I had to share them because they were really really delicious!!

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Raspberry Pear Crisp


I loosely based this recipe on THIS ONE

4 to 6 firm pears, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (6 cups)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups raspberries
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
1/4 cup light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
Pinch of salt

Peel pears and slice into thin slices. Toss in lemon juice and pour into the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish. Add raspberries. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of sugar over fruit. Chill for at least 1 hr. (You don't have to do this but it makes the fruit extra gooey and delicious). In a small bowl whisk together the 1/4 cup sugar, flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the fruit. Then sprinkled on the rolled oats. Next, pour the melted butter over the top, making sure to saturate as much of the flour mixture as possible. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. While cooking, you can lightly press any dry flour bits into the fruit to make sure it all gets coated.
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If you look closely you can see a few dry bits of flour. Just press down into the fruity gooey goodness and it becomes the "crumble".


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Easy Pear Bread


I found this recipe HERE

3 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
2 cans (15 ounces each) pear halves, chopped; or 2 cups fresh pears, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
I added in chopped walnuts and then sprinkled rolled oats on top of the batter.

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5-inch loaf pans.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, baking soda, and nutmeg and set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl using an electric mixer on high speed, beat together the sugar, oil, butter, and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs one at a time beating well with each addition. The mixture will begin to thicken and be a light lemon color.
Stir the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Fold in the pears.
Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out loaves and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Wrap each loaf in foil and let stand overnight in a cool dry place before serving.

Y'all--this is so good and I loved that it was different from the regular breads you hear about! I made several small loaves so if you are lucky, you might be getting one! :)


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Hope you enjoy!!



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4 comments:

  1. You have me drooling!! These sound divine! I didn't know they had pears and fruit? I knew they had chocolate...I am going to have to look in to this!

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  2. Mmmm those pears and recipes look delicious! I've never had straight-up Harry and David fruit, but I have had their chocolate covered fruit - oh my goodness, soooo amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh I love Harry and David! It's the perfect gift. Happy birthday!

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  4. The fruit from H&D are always so beautiful!!!

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