This dessert is full of spices and has a lengthy ingredient list, but it’s easy to make and so memorable with its cayenne kick.


  • 6 cups peeled and thinly sliced pears
  • 1 ½ cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 ½ cups cranberries
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Dash salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk or whipping cream
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut up
  • teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Vanilla ice cream or Sweetened whipped cream (optional)


1. In a 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven combine pears, berries, 1 1/4 cups sugar, cornstarch, lemon peel, lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and a dash of salt. Bring mixture to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine egg and 3 tablespoons milk; set aside. In a food processor combine flour, 2 tablespoons of the remaining sugar, the baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cover and pulse to combine. Add butter; pulse until butter is worked in and there are no bits larger than a small pea. With processor running, add egg mixture just until combined.

3. Transfer hot fruit mixture to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish set on a baking sheet. Drop dough in 8 mounds atop fruit. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and nutmeg; sprinkle atop dough. Bake, uncovered, in a 375° oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown and a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.


Prep: 40 minutes Bake: 25 minutes Cool: 30 minutes Oven: 375°

Nutritional Information
Per serving: 408 cal., 13 g total fat (8 g sat. fat), 60 mg chol., 309 mg sodium, 74 g carbo., 6 g dietary fiber, 4 g protein.
Baked Goods, Dessert, Holiday
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