September 8, 2017

Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy with Hood River Valley Pears

By: Mary Pellegrini

Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy with Hood River Valley Pears

Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in the Hood River Valley, the largest pear growing region in the nation.  Many of our growers have cold storage units where we can pick up fresh pears almost all year round.  This Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy has become a guest favorite.

Gingered Pear and Raspberry Pandowdy

Fruit Filling:

1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbs cornstarch
Pinch of fine sea salt
4 large pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 dry pint raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 Tbs cold butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 400°. Butter 4 small ramekins.
Fruit Filling: Rub the sugar, cornstarch and salt together in a large bowl, add pears and lemon juice and toss until evenly coated.  Gently fold in raspberries and divide into ramekins.  Dot with butter.

Biscuit:
1 3/4 cup flour
3 TBS plus 1 TBS sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine salt
10 TBS cold butter
1/3 cup chopped candied ginger
2/3 cup plus 1 TBS cold buttermilk

Biscuit: Whisk together flour, 3 TBS sugar, baking powder and salt.  Cut in butter until the size of peas.  Stir in the Candied ginger, pour in the 2/3 cup buttermilk and stir until the dry ingredients are moistened.  The dough will be crumbly, with large pieces of butter still visible.  Turn the dough onto a lightly floured board and gently press the dough together.  Divide into four pieces and place atop the fruit.  Brush the dough with the remaining buttermilk and sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Bake in the lower third of the oven for 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350° and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the juices are bubbly and thick.  Allow to cool a bit before serving.

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Let the Old Parkdale Inn be your home base when exploring the Hood River Valley, Columbia River Gorge or the Mt Hood National Forest. Whether your idea of a good vacation is fresh tracks on Mt Hood or relaxing in our gardens with a good book and your favorite beverage, there's something near by for everyone.

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