easy recipe: pear crisp

the recipe is directly from kraft.ca and i only modified it slightly (used less sugar, more lemon, omitted whipped cream).

we were recently gifted a basket full of beautiful home-grown organic pears, fresh off the tree.

organic pears in a basket

it’s nice to go shopping for ingredients when i know what i’m going to make. but i also like when the ingredients available inspire the hunt for a good recipe… i decided on a pear crisp, since i’d never made one before and it had been a long while since i had made a sweet dish…

pear crumble recipe on paper

i peeled and cut the pears into chunks…

bowl of pears cut into chunks

preheated oven to 375 F / 190 C.

  • zested a lemon to give about 1 teaspoon of peel
  • squeezed the juice out of the lemon (about 4 and a half teaspoons)
  • (and yes, i did use the leftover lemon and rind to do this :-))
  • mixed 1/4 cup granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons flour and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • added pears, lemon zest and juice and tossed til pears were coated.
  • spooned into 2L casserole (vintage pyrex optional, but recommended, hehe)
  • in another bowl, mixed brown sugar, remaining granulated sugar, flour and cinnamon.
  • cut in butter (i used two knives, but a pastry blender would work too) til it formed coarse crumbs.
  • sprinkled this mixture over the pears.

adding crumble to the pear

  • added sliced almonds on top and baked 40-45 mins until the topping was golden brown and the pears were hot and bubbly. the kitchen smelled incredible…

pear crisp in a vintage pyrex casserole dish

a few notes:

  • the lemon makes the recipe! it gives it a subtle tart edge.
  • the almonds add texture and are so flavourful when toasted.
  • i try to ease back on the sugar in recipes. the pears were ripe and very sweet, and i used about 3/4 of the recommended amount of sugar. (the amounts listed above are from the actual recipe)

brown sugar in a measuring cup

i could probably have used even less, it came out quite sweet. delicious though. i think it would go very well with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. you know…since i cut back on the sugar and all.

pear crisp on a plate

pears are in season here, and i think i’ll be going to the farmer’s market this weekend to see what else is fresh and available. i love this time of year for the market. and for family with generous trees!

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10 Responses to easy recipe: pear crisp

  1. Corey says:

    VINTAGE PYREX! Oh, sorry. Had a moment there. Man, I love pears. mmm

  2. ~*~Patty says:

    Oh you temptress you!
    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and I really like the idea of cutting back on sugar too … (butter no way heehee) … I am now officially very hungry … thank you Ana!

  3. That looks delish! I’ve not had a pear crisp before. I turned our pears into fruit butter (it’s an addiction) but I’m hitting the market in the morning and hoping there are still pears to be found!

  4. Halima says:

    Can I come over and try some? Oh, you’d better lock away that Pyrex bowl first, I do not have that one in my collection…. hehe. This looks sooo delish! The plate in the last picture is so pretty and unusual, where is it from?

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