Pear-Ginger Crisp Recipe

Warm, seasonal Anjou pears, topped with crumbly, sweet, spiced oats and baked to gooey perfection, makes a comforting winter dish, that will keep your family cozy during these frigid months. Try this recipe for dessert today. (Hurry, before these pears go out of season!)


servings: 4

prep time: 15 minutes

cook time: 30 minutes

total time: 45 minutes


  • 4 green Anjou pears
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger (or 2 teaspoons ground ginger)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup spelt flour (or whole wheat)
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup ground nuts (walnuts and almonds)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter (room temperature)


Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pear Ginger Crisp Recipe - Step 1

Step 2: Peel and core pears using a spoon, or melon-baller. Chop pears into 1 inch chunks.

Pear Ginger Crisp Recipe - Step 2

Step 3: In a bowl, toss chopped pears, brown sugar, grated ginger, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and sea salt together.

Pear Ginger Crisp Recipe - Step 3

Step 4: Transfer mixture to a 9 inch round baking dish.

Pear Ginger Crisp Recipe - Step 4

Step 5: Cut room-temperature butter into cubes.

Pear Ginger Crisp Recipe - Step 5

Step 6: In a bowl, mix together flour, oats, sugar, nuts, and cinnamon.

Pear Ginger Crisp Recipe - Step 6

Step 7: Add cubed butter to flour mixture.

Pear Ginger Crisp - Step 7

Step 8: Using your fingertips, rub butter into flour mixture, until large crumbs form.

Pear Ginger Crisp Recipe - Step 8

Step 9: Evenly pour crumb mixture over pears.

Pear Ginger Crisp - Step 8

Step 10: Bake for 30 minutes, until top is golden brown and pears are bubbly. Serve with yogurt, or vanilla ice cream, or plain!

Pear Ginger Crisp - Step 9

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