Pear Dessert from a Friend

My friend recently made this delicious pear dessert. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Old-Fashioned Pear Dessert

Preparation:
none

Approximate Cooking Time:
45 minutes

Ingredients:
2 1/4 c. flour
3 egg yolks
1/2 c. plus 5 T. sugar
4 T. cornstarch, divided
1 1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
3/4 c. water
4 T. lemon juice
14 T. unsalted butter
1 t. vanilla
5 c. chopped peeled ripe pears

Directions:
Combine the flour, 3 T. sugar, and 3/4 t. salt. Cut up 12 T. of the butter into cubes and cut in the mixture until crumbly. Whisk the egg yolks with 1 1/2 T. of lemon juice in a separate bowl, then add to crumbly mixture using a fork. Remove one cup of the resulting mixture and stir in 2 more T. of sugar into that. Set aside for the topping. Press remaining crumbly mixture into the bottom of a greased 8 by 8 inch pan. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned, then remove from the oven and set aside.

For the filling, combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar with cinnamon, 2 T. cornstarch, and 1/2 t. salt in a small saucepan on medium heat. Add the water and remaining 2 1/2 T. lemon juice and stir until smooth. Bring to boil, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and the remaining 2 T. butter, stirring until smooth. 

In a separate bowl, toss the pears with the remaining 2 T. cornstarch and spoon over the slightly cooked crust. Next, add the filling, and sprinkle with the topping. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, or until filling is bubbly and top is lightly browned.

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