I may be posting a recipe for Granola-Crusted Pear and Almond Butter Panini but that doesn’t mean that I’m ready for it to be autumn yet. Because I’m not. And it’s not. Despite all of the “end of summer” Labor Day declarations I saw on Monday and the 6-foot light-up Christmas snowmen available for sale at Costco, the autumnal equinox – the official end of summer – doesn’t take place until Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:49 AM PDT. And since my two little preschooler alarm clocks typically sound off earlier than 7 o’clock, this means by the time I wake up three weekends from now it will still be summer. White shorts are on!
I can’t deny my anticipation for my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season at Starbucks. And it’s possible that I’ve already tentatively identified possible dates for apple-picking up in Julian later this month. Discussions have begun with my 4-1/2 year old about this year’s Halloween costume (she’s debating between Abby Cadabby and Ariel the mermaid at the moment).
And the pears. It’ll sure be nice to eat pears again.
Pears with some creamy almond butter and a drizzle of honey grilled on granola-crusted country levain? Yeah, that works. The perfect sweet and crunchy breakfast panini. Read on for the recipe.
All right, maybe I’m a little ready for autumn.
Granola-Crusted Pear and Almond Butter Panini
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 8 minutes | Total time: 23 minutes
Yield: 4 panini
- 1/4 cup granola
- 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 8 slices rustic white bread, sliced from a dense bakery loaf
- 1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter
- 1 ripe pear or apple, peeled, cored and sliced
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Pulse the granola in a food processor until the oats have been cut down to about 1/8-inch in size, but not completely ground up. Mix the chopped granola in with the butter until itâ??s well combined.
- For each sandwich: Spread granola butter on two slices of bread to create the outer crust of the sandwich. Flip over both slices of bread and spread almond butter on each. Top one slice of bread with a layer of pear slices and a drizzle of honey. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread, buttered side up.
- Grill the panini, two at a time, until the bread is toasted, 3 to 4 minutes.