Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pear Squares

My friend, whom we'll call "Bron", was dating this girl, whom we'll call "Bemily", who I wasn't totally crazy about.  However, the one thing she could do well was BAKE.  Amazing bites of deliciousness.  That's what I remember most about her [other than the fact that I didn't care for her very much]. 

This pear square recipe had to be one of her best and I was able to get it before they broke up [no fault of mine, I assure you]. I love preparing this because it's easy to do and has a huge impact on the taste scale.  It's a great potluck dessert!

1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/3 cup nuts [i use pecans or almonds]
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour    

Middle Layer:
2 [8 ounce] bricks of Cream Cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

1 large can pears, drained and sliced
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp sugar

1. Prepare crust: Soften butter and mix with flour and nuts. Press into a 9 x 13 pan, baking at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
2. Cream together cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Mix until smooth. Pour onto cooled crust.
3. Cut pears over cream cheese mixture, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
4. Bake at 350 for 25 - 35 minutes until edges are gold brown. Cool and refrigerate.


  1. LMAO!!! Bron? Bemily? R U serious?! You are SO funny!!! Girl! I wish I had time to cook and hang out with you! You'd keep me in stitches!!

  2. Now I'm kicking myself for not keeping more canned fruit in the house because I have everything else I need to make this and I want some now!

  3. pegs: i was trying to protect the identities of the innocent. :)

    marc: i *NEVER* have canned pears!! but i'm still tempted to make it without!! it's really, really good. it's actually a recipe from a JANM cookbook!

  4. Thanks Bjenny for protecting the innocent! I didn't know you were so creative!

  5. omg this looks perfect! I want a square of this right this instant~!! Let's make this for the mac class!

  6. Bron: I know...i amazed myself with the identity hiding. You can tell Bpegs had a hard time figuring out the players, right???

    Gaby: Most definitely! i'm making this for my friend's baby shower on Sunday, too!!

  7. You said the magic word, cream cheese...anything with cream cheese wins my heart instantly! Yum!

  8. Some people just redeem themselves with good baking prowess! These look delicious :)

  9. I haven't had canned fruit in the house for a while and need to keep it around like I do with other things like tomatoes and green chilis...This sounds SO good.

  10. Thanks, ladies!! I don't ever have canned fruit in my house except for the pears! easy last minute dessert! I just made another one and ate about a quarter of it...

  11. Wow, those look amazing! Putting them on my to do list!


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