Pear and Apple Crisp

10 Apr

Deciding what to make for an Easter dessert kept me up at night.  I didn’t want to make a pie.  I didn’t want to buy anything.  I wanted something warm.  Light.  Fruity.  While I was shopping for the main event ingredients, I saw the piles of apples and pears in the produce department and decided that was it.  I’d make a crisp.  You can never go wrong with warm, bubbly fruit with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream on top.

Usually I put up pictures so you can get a step-by-step view of the process, but since I was in the kitchen all day, I left the camera in another room.  But, the recipe is super simple.  You can use all sorts of fruits in this, but the cinnamon and nutmeg work best (in my opinion) with the apples and pears.  Try different combinations of fruits and seasonings and see what happens.  Or, you could leave out the seasoning.  Mixes berries with the crisp topping would be delish!

The boyfriend isn’t really a fan of sweet things, but when I dished this up, he was impressed.  He said it smelled like one of the state houses at the Big E.  For the North-easterners reading this, you know what a compliment that is.




For the filling:

4 pears (whichever you like), peeled, cored, and chopped into large chunks

4 apples (whichever you like), peeled, cored, and chopped into large chunks

The zest and juice of one orange

The zest and juice of one lemon

1/2 c granulated sugar

1/4 c all-purpose flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

For the topping:

1 c all-purpose flour

1/2 c granulated sugar

1/2 c light brown sugar, lightly packed

Dash of kosher salt

3/4 c old-fashioned oats

1 1/2 sticks of cold unsalted butter, diced



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the fruit in a baking dish (9×12 works), and add the zests, juices, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Mix it all together.
  3. Combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and butter in a large bowl.  You can do this by hand, or use the paddle attachment on a mixer.  After a minute or two, the mixture should be in large crumbles.
  4. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit, covering the fruit completely.
  5. Place the baking dish on a sheet pan (so it doesn’t bubble over into the oven), and bake for about one hour.  The top will be golden brown and the fruit will be bubbly.
  6. Serve warm – with ice cream!
  7. Enjoy!


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