I'm okay offering kids dessert. There, I said it.
I know plenty of parents who don't like giving their kids dessert unless it is a special occasion. I respect that, but I also believe in moderation in most things and, sometimes, you've got to live a little. When it comes to desserts, I've been know to whip up everything from seriously rich holiday treats like Holiday Baked Alaska to the less exotic Sugar Cookies, but I often try to prepare desserts made with less sugar, like this Pear and Pistachio Crisp -- which my kids in fact prefer to more sugary desserts.
I like this dish too, especially when I want a pie but have no time to make a homemade crust (which is all the time!). A fall crisp is a lot more simple to make and still delivers a lot of what I love about pie. This one has a crunchy topping made from oats, pistachios, brown sugar, and aromatic cinnamon, and a naturally nummy sweetness from all of the chunks of baked pear. It's got so much less sugar than a regular dessert that I even served this to my kids one morning on top of plain Greek yogurt and they went bonkers with excitement at the thought of getting dessert for breakfast!
Accompaniments: Vanilla Ice Cream or plain greek yogurt