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
2 [8 ounce] bricks of Cream Cheese
1/2 cup sugar
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.