Desserts in jars may be my new favorite thing! I love the individual servings (let’s be honest – I’m not the best at sharing, especially when it comes to sweets), and there’s something about scooping warm cobbler out of a mason jar that’s simply fun. Fresh cranberries with Bosc pears make a scrumptious cobbler filling, especially when spiked with Cognac and maple syrup. The browned butter biscuit topping is filled with warming spices, creating a seamless blend of flavors – this is one fruit-filled dessert that everyone will fight over!
Be sure to visit my friend Chung-Ah at Damn Delicious to see her adorable strawberry pies in jars! For a chance to win a gift certificate to Freund Container and stock up on your own set of mason jars, see the giveaway details below.
Cranberry-Pear Cobblers in Jars
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp allspice
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
2 Tbsp low-fat milk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp maple syrup
2 Tbsp Cognac or brandy
pinch of salt
2 cups fresh cranberries
4 cups diced Bosc pears
Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes. Pour browned butter into a glass measuring cup and chill in the freezer until solid, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F and spray 8 (8-ounce) jars or ramekins with nonstick spray; place on a baking sheet.
For the biscuit topping, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice in a large bowl. Dice chilled brown butter into 1/2-inch pieces; sprinkle over flour mixture and use a pastry cutter to cut in evenly until mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine yogurt, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until moist. Lightly flour hands and knead mixture 3 or 4 times in the bowl, just until dough comes together.
For the filling, combine brown sugar, maple syrup, Cognac, salt, and cranberries in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved, the cranberries have split open, and the mixture is syrupy, 4 to 6 minutes. Add pears and cook 5 minutes more; remove from heat.
Spoon about 1/2-cup fruit mixture into each jar; top with spoonfuls of biscuit dough. Bake for 16 minutes, until juices are bubbling and biscuit topping is golden. Let cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator; warm before serving.
Yield – 8 servings
Calories – 200
Carbs – 40
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This giveaway is for one $100 gift certificate to Freund Container & Supply. Gift certificate will expire on March 31, 2013. Gift certificate is a one-time use certificate and must be used in its entirety. Any leftover monies on the gift certificate will be forfeited. Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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Giveaway ends on Friday, December 28, 2012 at midnight. The winner will be selected by random.org and contacted by email. If there is no response after 48 hours, another winner will be selected. Open to both US and Canadian residents. However, due to current international shipping rates, Canadian winners will pay higher shipping costs for orders.
Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Freund Container & Supply. I received no compensation as part of this giveaway.