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Pear, Vanilla Bean, and Browned Butter Crumble

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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter eight 6- to 8-ounce ramekins; set aside. For streusel mixture, in a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup flour, the almonds, the 1/4 cup brown sugar, the cinnamon, and nutmeg. Using a pastry blender, cut in the 3 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

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  • With the tip of a sharp knife, scrape seeds from inside of vanilla bean. Place seeds in a small saucepan. Add the pod halves and the 1/2 cup butter. Melt over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Continue to cook, without stirring, for 5 to 6 minutes or until butter becomes brown and fragrant. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

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  • In a large bowl combine the 2 tablespoons brown sugar, the 1 tablespoon flour, the pears, and pear brandy, if desired. Toss together until well mixed. Remove vanilla pods from butter and discard. Stir browned butter into the pear mixture.

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  • Spoon pear mixture into prepared ramekins. Sprinkle with streusel mixture.

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  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (Pear, Vanilla Bean, and Browned Butter Crumble)

302 calories; 18 g total fat; 10 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat; 42 mg cholesterol; 117 mg sodium. 197 mg potassium; 37 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 22 g sugar; 2 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 486 IU vitamin a; 5 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 1 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 28 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 30 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;

Sweetened Whipped Cream

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  • In a chilled mixing bowl combine whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl).

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