I’m no baker, and I’d much rather throw together a quick dinner than measure ingredients for a cake! That said, sometimes it’s nice to be able to spoil loved ones with a special dessert on a special evening. Whether you save this idea for Thanksgiving dinner or prepare it for your next weeknight meal, an Easy Pear Crisp is the perfect simple fall dessert recipe!
I got this bee in my bonnet last week when I decided that I wanted to prepare a dessert to bring to my parents. Mom had just been through an emergency knee surgery and our family had endured a very stressful few weeks. A homemade dinner when she returned from the hospital seemed like the obvious way to help her on the road to recovery!
Any good supper needs to be followed by dessert (in my opinion), so the idea of a warm, fragrant fruit crisp instantly came to mind.
Since I recently baked my mom’s apple cake, I knew that I wanted to try a fall-themed dessert that would take advantage of something other than apples this time. A Pear Crisp seemed like the obvious choice, so I got to work in the kitchen!
My parents were my initial guinea pigs and offered some great feedback to help me improve upon my initial recipe. After another round of baking at my own house, I’m happy to report that this Easy Pear Crisp is now perfection.
This is comfort food at its best! The warm spices smell amazing as it bakes, and the rich, crumbly, buttery topping is the perfect balance for the light, sweet fruit on the bottom.
Best of all, there are no baking skills required! As I mentioned earlier, I’m NOT a pastry chef, and I much prefer a simple dump-and-bake dinner to any precise dessert confection. This Pear Crisp is so darn easy that anyone can stir it together! It’s basically the dump-and-bake version of a fall dessert!
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some caramel sauce on top and this Easy Pear Crisp becomes a decadent autumnal treat that will impress any family member or dinner guest that comes your way! I hope that you love it as much as we do!
Easy Pear Crisp
- 6-7 medium pears peeled and sliced (about 6 cups total)*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick ½ cup salted butter, softened
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup finely-chopped pecans
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- For serving: vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
- Place peeled, sliced pears in a large bowl. Add vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon salt; toss to coat.
- Transfer pears to the prepared baking dish.
- In a separate bowl, use a fork (or your fingers) to mix together butter, flour, oats, white sugar, brown sugar, pecans, and salt until completely combined. The mixture will be lumpy, which is fine.
- Spread topping evenly over the pears.
- Sprinkle with more cinnamon, if desired.
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top becomes golden brown and crispy and the pears are soft. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce!
*I used Bosc pears initially, but they lacked flavor. Instead, I prefer sweet, juicy, ripe Bartlett pears for this recipe. You can also use 6 cups of peeled, sliced apples as an equal substitute!
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