Fresh Pear Dumplings with Strawberry Sauce
3 pears, firm, ripe, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 pie crusts, at room temperature
1 Tbsp milk
4 Tbsp sugar, divided
1 tsp cornstarch
1 cup strawberries
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon molasses
Heat oven to 425°F.
In medium bowl, combine pears, raisins and brown sugar; mix well.
Cut each pie crust into quarters.
Place about 1/3 cup pear mixture on each crust quarter.
Brush crust edges lightly with milk.
Bring sides of each crust up to top of pears; press edges to seal, making a dumpling with three seams.
Carefully place dumplings seam side up in ungreased cookie sheet.
Brush with milk.
Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes; until golden.
Place strawberries saucepan.
Add 3 tablespoons sugar, water, molasses and cornstarch.
Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to boil, stirring constantly.
To serve, spoon strawberry sauce evenly onto individual dessert plates.
Top each with dumpling.