Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the salt, vanilla, and spices.
Gradually add in the flour and mix just until it is combined, it will be crumbly.
Take about 2/3 of the dough and press it into the bottom of a 9x9 square baking pan. I like to line the pan with parchment paper with long ends so that I can lift it out after it cools...it makes cutting easier and prettier, but this is optional. Try to cover the whole bottom surface, using your hands to lightly pat the dough down.
Peel and slice your pears. Slice them quite thin if they are crisp, and if they are soft you can slice them thicker. Toss the pears with the cornstarch and lemon juice, make sure to get them all coated.
Put the pears in the pan on top of the layer of dough. Top with the rest of the dough, dropping it in crumbles across the pears. Don't worry if the fruit shows through the crumbles, that's fine.
Bake for about 35-40 minutes until the top is starting to turn light brown around the edges and you can hear the fruit bubbling.
Let cool before drizzling with the glaze.
To make the glaze, add a little molasses into the sugar and stir to combine. Add enough so it becomes a thick mass. Then stream in a little milk or cream to thin it to a drizzling consistency.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/pear-crumble-bars/ October 10, 2014