The combination of the tart cranberries and sweet pears makes this a fabulous dessert

From “Come One, Come All: Easy Entertaining With Seasonal Menus” by Lee Svitak Dean (Minnesota Historical Society Press, $29.95). (via Minneapolist Star/Tribue Taste Section, 13 October 2011)

Serves 6 to 8.



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, toss pear (or apple) slices in lemon juice. Add cranberries, granulated sugar and cinnamon and toss to combine. Spread fruit in an ungreased 9- by 13-inch baking pan.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar and butter with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle oat mixture over fruit.

  3. Bake until fruit is tender and topping is lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm, at room temperature or chilled. Top with whipped cream.