Pear Cobbler with Cranberry Streusel

4 Bartlett pears
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

Streusel Topping
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup cranberries
1/2 whipping cream (beaten)

Preheat oven to 350

Peal pears, cut in half through stem end. Use a melon baller to scoop out the core. Put pears in large bowl. Sprinkle with vanilla and toss. Then, sprinkle with remaining ingredients and toss to coat pears. Line the pears in a buttered, sugared baking dish, rounded side up.

In same bowl, mash butter, brown sugar, flour and salt with hands for streusel. Toss in Cranberries. Crumble topping mixture over pears. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until topping is crunch and pears are very tender.

Serves six.

Healthy tip: Cinnamon

Cinnamon was once thought able to cure the common cold, and is high in antioxidants.

There have also been studies about cinnamon’s pharmacological effects in the treatment of type II diabetes and insulin resistance.