Pear Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 1 cup and 2 T. sugar, divided, plus more for sprinkling
  • 4 cups sliced pears, divided (NOTE: pears should be thin, but not too thin--about 1/4" thick)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 3/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Earth Balance, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup cold water

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the sugar evenly on the bottom of a 9"x13" baking dish. Place just enough pear slices in the dish to cover the bottom in a single layer. Sprinkle and additional 1/4 cup sugar over top of the slices. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl combine the flour, remaining 1/2 cup and 2 T. sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, cut in the Earth Balance until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.  Mix in the remaining pear slices until evenly distributed. Gradually add the water, stirring until the mixture comes together to form a thick, lumpy batter. Spread the mixture on top of the sugared pears and sprinkle the top lightly with sugar. Bake until golden brown, about 40-50 minutes, and allow the cobbler to cool on a wire cooling rack for at least 20 minutes before serving. Serve warm, at room temperature or cold.