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Pear Crisp with Crunchy Oat Topping

  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Looking for an easy dessert using fresh pears? Try this warm and comforting fruit crisp with a crunchy oat topping.



For the Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, to coat the pan
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 pounds pears (about 7-8), peeled, cored, and cubed

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


For the Filling:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a large cast iron skillet or a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with a thin layer of unsalted butter.
  2. Whisk together the sugars, cinnamon, salt, and cornstarch in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the pears until each piece is entirely coated in the mixture.
  4. Spread the mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan. Set aside.

For the Topping:

  1. Stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. With your hands or with a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until a crumbly dough forms.
  2. Squeeze the dough into clumps of various sizes. Sprinkle it all over the top of the pear mixture in an even layer.

To Bake:

  1. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until the top is golden and slightly puffy and the sides are bubbling.
  2. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm.

  • Category: Crisp
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: crisp, crumble, pear, oat, cinnamon, fall