Monday, October 26, 2009
Fall in the Hollow
Fall is my favorite time of the year. This year we seem to have an abundance of yellow and gold leaves.
After so many days of rain, it's nice to finally see the sun filtering through the trees.
Don't you feel happy just looking at these pictures?
I was so happy to find the next tree that I almost cried. Back in the hollow, pear trees were scattered around abandoned properties. I don't know who planted them, but they brought us a lot of joy. There's nothing like biting into a fresh, juicy pear straight from the tree. I had assumed most of them had died off, but I spotted this one. The picture isn't too good because I was trying to get a close up of the fruit. This was once a huge tree, but most of the higher limbs have been broken in storms. But, it's still bearing fruit. Wonder why no one has picked it? For one thing, this fruit is a good 20 feet off the ground.
In honor of pear trees gone by, here's another vintage recipe...
1 quart slicd pears
2 cups bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
juice of 1/2 lemon
teaspoon of grated lemon rind
1/2 cup hot water
Mix crumbs and butter together. Mix lemon juice, water, and lemon rind. Layer bottom of baking dish with crumbs, cover with half of the pears, sprinkle with half of the sugar, nutmeg, and half of the lemon juice mixture. Repeat layers. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bak another 20 minutes being careful not to burn the crumbs.