Have you ever tasted an ingredient that made your taste buds fall instantly in love? Cardamom is my instant love ingredient and it couldn’t pair more beautifully than in this Pear and Cardamom Crisp.
I know, I often associate emotions with ingredients. It can’t be helped. So I will regale you with yet another tale of my childhood. (can you see me smiling?)
It started when I was little and I could smell Grandpa’s coffee brewing in the wee hours of the morning. Grandpa got up before the sun and always spent a quiet hour sipping his coffee while deep in thought and ponder. I’d call this his meditation hour but I don’t think my grandfather knew what meditation was. For him, it was beautiful silence.
When I heard him sit in his favorite chair at the formica kitchen table, I’d sneak out of the guest room and walk down the long hall that led to the kitchen. I was instantly greeted with a wide and toothy grandpa grin. He’d ask me if I’d like to join him for a cup of joe, that it would make me tough and I’d grow up faster. Then he’d laugh and smile again. He was a crusty old soul, but always a sweet pile of marshmallows with his grandchildren.
Scent, taste, touch and often sight, all play a large roll in how we perceive food and if it feels worthy of our taste buds. This Pear and Cardamom Crisp meet all those requirements and can be visually enticing. Which is perfect when you’re serving this for a dinner party.
The soft, silky texture of baked pear and the floral citrus scent of cardamom makes this Pear and Cardamom Crisp perfect for any occasion.
I thought I’d dress it up even more and top it with a Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream. Because who doesn’t love whipped cream?
I do love a large baking dish of fruit crisp, often making gift size dishes to give to friends and neighbors. For a festive celebration or dinner party, this Pear and Cardamom Crisp is gorgeous in individual ramekins and then topped with edible flowers or even a few lavender buds or sprinkle of vanilla sugar.
Although it’s a simple preparation, this is a beautiful and delightful dessert. Sweet, yet fragrantly spiced – and it would work well for a brunch or a holiday dessert. Sometimes I make a large baking dish of Pear and Cardamom Crisp on the weekend and then my family nibbles on it throughout the week. Occasionally having a scoop for breakfast ( I see the fork marks in the pan but no one admits to it) and always a little dish at night after dinner. A special seasonal treat that always makes my family smile (and apparently sneaky).
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,