Delicious Fall Pear Crisp

A month or so ago I received a bunch of pear's in my bi-weekly Farmer's Market Basket. I'm really the only one that eats them and they are only ripe for such a brief period of time that I ended up slicing them and putting them in the freezer until I could figure out a good use for them.

We got a few more pears in last week's basket and I was trying to think of what I could do with those and was browsing through a cookbook I haven't had the chance to use yet and found a Homestead Pear Crisp Recipe. I'm so glad I found it!! It was SO good!! The topping is like slightly crunchy and really tasty granola, and the filling was tender and perfectly seasoned and thickened with the add-ins. I had drained off quite a bit of the liquid from the pears and wish I hadn't so there would have been more bubbly "sauce" under the topping.

To get the pears ready, I boiled a large pan of water and put the frozen pears in skin-side down for about 30 seconds each and then peeled the skins right off of them. Definitely a little messy, but very easy way to remove the skins from frozen fruits!


1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 peeled Bartlett pears, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 5 pounds)
Cooking spray

1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
1 cup regular oats
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To prepare crisp, combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; toss well. Spray a 9x13 baking dish lightly with cooking spray and pour pear mix into it, press gently to make an even layer.
  3. To prepare topping, combine flour, oats, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle flour mixture over the pear mixture evenly. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until topping is golden and fruit is tender. 
  4. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, or enjoy after it cools. Delicious either way!


  1. We buy pears all the time for the twins. I'm totally going to take some to make this. And yes, I am literally going to steal food out of the mouths of my 8 month old babies. This recipe just looks too good to pass up! :-)

  2. Haha! :D I hope you get the chance to try it and enjoy it as much as we did! I'm sure your boys will understand! :D


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