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Carol Kicinski
Nothing says fall like the combination of pears and cranberries – and in a delicious gluten-free dessert? Yes, please!

Give thanks with this seasonal gluten-free dessert

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   The countdown to Thanksgiving continues here in America. In households across the country people are planning their holiday feast; turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce and of course, desserts. Yes, desserts – plural. At least in my house it is desserts – plural. Yes, there will gluten-free pumpkin pie as well as pecan pie and something chocolate. And always, always something with fruit.
   I got to thinking about really celebrating the food of the season this year and decided what could be more perfect than a pear and cranberry crumble? Pears are really at their peak right now, juicy, lush and sweet and of course cranberries are ubiquitous around the
Gluten-Free Pear Cranberry Almond Crumble
Serves 8
½ cup pear nectar or apple juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
½ teaspoon plus 1 small pinch kosher or fine sea salt – use divided
5 medium pears, cored, peeled and cut into ¼ inch slices
½ cup dried cranberries
1½ cups finely ground blanched almond flour
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup grapeseed oil (or other neutral tasting oil)
   Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 or 10 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
   In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pear nectar or apple juice, lemon juice, cornstarch or arrowroot powder and a small pinch of salt. Add the pear slices and cranberries and gently toss. Pour into the prepared dish.
   In another large mixing bowl combine the almond flour, brown sugar, the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and sliced almonds. Add the vanilla and oil and stir with a fork until crumbly. Top the pears with the mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for 10-15 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the juices are bubbly. Serve warm.
holidays. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sweet, crunchy and best of all, simple, this crumble is special enough for a Thanksgiving feast but easy and homey
enough for a weeknight dinner. Kind of perfect, right?
   What dessert(s) do you serve for your special feasts?