Pear Crisp

by Erica Dinho on January 29, 2010

I had apple crisp for the first time in this country about six years ago and I fell in love with it. I am not an apple pie person, so apple crisp was the perfect dessert for me. But I prefer pears over apples without a doubt, so I made this pear crisp topped with vanilla ice cream about a month ago and we loved it.

My father in law came to taste it and he, along with my husband and me were discussing whether it was too sweet or not. We all thought it was perfect just the way it was, but if you think it is too sweet, just adjust the sugar to your liking.



  • 5 ripe Bosc pears
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Topping
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 stick unsalted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Peel, core and cut the pears into chunks. Place the pears in a bowl and add the lemon juice, sugar, salt, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. For the topping: Combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, oatmeal and butter in a bowl. Mix well until well combined.
  4. Pour the pear mixture in the baking dish. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the pears.
  5. Bake until the topping is crisp and golden brown and the pear filling bubbles slowly, about 50 minutes. Serve warm.
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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Baking is my Zen January 29, 2010 at 9:13 AM

I love pears. Great twist to the usual…apples. Will be trying this soon!


2 vrinda January 29, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I make apple crisp very often,never tried pear crisp…looks too good


3 Pearlyn January 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Oh this is good ! I have sweet tooth and this is definitely one of my favourite dessert.


4 anncoo January 29, 2010 at 9:53 AM

I must try to make this pear crisp one day. Looks great!


5 Erica January 29, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Thank you all for the comments!


6 Diana January 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Erica, this sounds so good. I love pears and your picture is beautiful!!


7 Velva January 29, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Fruit crisps, I love them. Any fruit would be delicious in my book when made into a crisp.


8 MaryMoh January 29, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Great dessert. This looks very delicious. I have eaten once made by a friend and it was just fabulous. Now I can make myself. Thanks for sharing.


9 Barbara January 29, 2010 at 1:25 PM

I make a lot of apple crisps; never thought about using pears. Next time, I’ll try it. Looks wonderful!


10 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen January 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Love this! I bet this would be even tastier than apples!


11 Chris January 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I think you put a wonderful spin on this dish. I like using the pear instead of apple, great idea.


12 grace January 29, 2010 at 3:44 PM

this is my method of choice for eating fruit–oh, how i enjoy a crunchy blanket of spiced oats and a pillow of vanilla ice cream. :)


13 Simply Life January 29, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Oooh I could almost smell that sweet scent! Looks delicious!


14 Erica January 29, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Thank you everyone for reading my post!


15 Oysterculture January 29, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I love the pear twist on the crisp =) Sounds delicious and very inviting considering its pear season so we have lots of options!


16 Faith January 29, 2010 at 10:53 PM

This looks like a gorgeous way to highlight the sweet flavor of pears! Your pics are mouthwatering! :)


17 KennyT January 30, 2010 at 9:37 AM

I always have apple crumble but I have never had pear crisp before, i would love to try this one.


18 danielle January 30, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Im not a huge apple pie fan either. This looks like the perfect (and delicious) alternative


19 Michelle January 30, 2010 at 10:20 AM

OH YUM! Pear Crisp with the addition of the Pecans! I’ve not tried adding nuts to a crisp and will definitely try this next time!


20 Ivy January 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

I love apple crisp but I have to try the pear crisp to see if I like it better.


21 pierre January 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM

hello erica
in france we call the crisp a crumble is it the same , cheers from Paris Pierre


22 Kim January 30, 2010 at 8:04 PM

I like pears much better than apples too:D The pictures are gorgeous, Erica! It looks delicious.


23 peanutts January 31, 2010 at 1:59 AM

Looks yumm, i prefer apple s to pears though :)


24 Sophie January 31, 2010 at 4:15 AM

MMMMM,…a tasty & lovely dessert using pears, Erica!!

I don’t like apple pie too! This is my kind of a fine desert!


25 shaz January 31, 2010 at 5:45 AM

Delicious looking crisp (we call it crumble). I like the addition of pecans in your topping – sounds great. When I use pear in a crumble, I like to add some raspberries too (to give a bit of tartness).


26 Anna January 31, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I also prefer pears than apples, Crisp or crumble it looks delicious. ;-)


27 Erica January 31, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Thank you all for the wonderful comments!


28 sugar plum February 3, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Oh Erica…u have so wonderful a blog…am loving all ur recipes so so muc specially ur columbian ones…am so glad ur sharing ‘em wit ur wonderful blog…

LOve pears as muc as apples and this crumble e crisp sounds fantastic…..


29 Ellen February 25, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Hi Erica,

Do I need to melt the butter for the topping or just cut it up in small pieces ?



30 Erica February 25, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Ellen- Melt the butter!


31 Carol September 17, 2012 at 1:04 AM

Whats size baking dish


32 Erica September 17, 2012 at 7:23 AM

I used small pans (single serving), but you can use 8×8.


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