Marissa Lingen (mrissa) wrote,
Marissa Lingen

Another girlhood dream shattered

lydy informs me that I could not be demure if I tried. Well, I suppose in the long-run it's probably better to find these things out early so I can cross them off the list and go on to something else. There is, of course, gaaldine's and my aspiration to cuteness, which always requires attention. I would think it would be enough for us to be cuddly, but I suspect gaaldine will push the envelope to wuddly as well. That's the good thing about working on projects together: you can push each other to new heights of treacle achievement. Anyway, I swear this dress was demure on the catalog model, but on me it is...not. Ah well.

I was speculating about pear crisp earlier, and it turns out that I can, in fact, make pear crisp. And now so can you:

Grease a 9x13 baking dish. If you use the 8x12 that works really well for lasagna, you will end up mounding topping up for the baking process. Ask me how I know. Anyway, it's okay that way, but you have to mound carefully so it doesn't overflow. 9x13 is better. Preheat the oven to 350.

The fruit part: 6 Anjou or similar pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 T sugar
2 t cinnamon
2 t lemon juice, plus a little extra for good measure
Toss together in a large bowl. Arrange in the baking dish.

The topping part: 1 3/4 c. flour
1 1/4 c. oats
2 1/4 c. brown sugar
1/8 t. allspice
1/8 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. nutmeg
walnuts to taste, or pecans, or whatever
1 c. cold butter, oleo, or other shortening (I used shortening to make the whole thing vegan-safe.)
Mix together the dry ingredients. Grate butter through a large grater into the bowl, stirring occasionally so the butter doesn't all clump together at the top. Spoon (mound) over the fruit mixture.

Bake 45-60 minutes.

The recipe I started out with was just plain wrong in so many ways. But I fixed it.

It has been an exceptionally people-y day, and in addition to the crisp I made salads and a mushroom risotto, so it ended up kind of kitchen-y, too. So I think it's going to be time to sprawl out on the bed and read A Civil Campaign soon. And drink water: I've had a really dry throat in the last few days, and I don't know why. And then tomorrow I will call the chiropractor and get back to short stories or possibly, if I am weak, The Mark of the Sea Serpent. So.

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