Fall is the season for pears, and from cocktails to salads, we’re dishing on all the best ways to enjoy every last drop of the sweet bounty. To know if a pear is ripe, gently push at the neck, around the stem. If it's firm, give your pear a few more days to ripen. If the fruit gives just a bit under your finger, you're holding a ripe pear. Pears past their prime are delicious in breads and sauces. You're sure to find a favorite pear recipe in this collection, and when you do, you'll be thinking "Apple who?" when the temps start to drop. Pears will soon be your autumnal passion.
Pear Crisp with Amaretti Topping
Nothing says comfort like a warm crisp or crumble, and ripe, seasonal pears make a delicious base for these easy dishes. Pear Crisp with Amaretti Topping calls for slightly under-ripe, firm pears that will hold up to long cooking time. A crunchy topping of Italian almond macaroons and a dollop of sweetened whipped cream is the crowning touch.