This easy Pear Crisp Recipe is a a perfect comforting sweet treat. Made with seasonal fresh pears and baked to a tender perfection. You’ll definitely want to save this recipe for a favorite family autumn treat.
This post has been updated from its original publish date of October 2, 2019. It has been updated to provide better photos, additional helpful information and step by step instructions.
Easy pear crisp recipe
We love this recipe because it is super simple to put together.
This crisp recipe includes a delicious streusel topping that makes it the the perfect fall time recipe. Pair it with a little vanilla ice cream and drizzle of caramel sauce for a bit more decadence!
Pear season for us typically happens in early fall. And with it brings a wonderful bounty of delicious fruit.
One of my family’s favorite autumn sweet treats is this delicious pear recipe.
This dessert recipe uses pears before they are completely ripe. Similar to an apple crisp, I like to make this recipe before the pears are soft and completely ripe.
If using ripe pears, I find that the pears are too soft and juicy and it doesn’t work well. I mean, technically it will work, but just know that the finished texture will become much softer than desired.
And if the pears aren’t slightly ripe, they don’t give off the delicious pear taste. However, you can still use unripe pears (think crispy like apples) and it’ll still be delicious. It just won’t have the same flavor.
We are looking for an in between ripe and non ripe.
This delicious seasonal dessert uses only a handful of very basic ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- slightly ripe Bartlett pears
- brown sugar
- all-purpose flour
- rolled oats
- cold butter
Remove the peel from the pears and slice the pears evenly. Then add them to a baking dish. Next, pour a bit of water over the top of the sliced pears.
Whisk the cinnamon with some of the brown sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture over the pears.
In a separate bowl, add the remaining brown sugar, flour, salt, and oats and toss to combine.
To make the crumb topping, work in the butter to the oat mixture until crumbly. Be careful not to over work it and melt or soften the butter too much.
Spread the crumble mixture over the pears and gently spread it evenly.
Bake until pears are soft and crumble mixture is golden brown.
Allow the crips to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature. If desired, top off the warm pear crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
For extra decadence, add a drizzle of caramel sauce and chopped walnuts or pecans! It’s so good!
🍅 Recipe tips
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How to store leftover pear crisp
Have leftovers? Store them in an airtight container inside of the refrigerator for up 3-5 days. This recipe is best served warm so you can reheat leftovers inside of a microwave or a 350 degree oven until just warmed through.
This crisp recipe also makes a great make ahead recipe for a fall time gathering or potluck. Make it a day or two ahead and store in the fridge inside of the baking dish with plastic wrap over top.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
Pears are different from some other fruits when harvesting. They do well if picked and harvested before they are ripe. Pears aren’t a type of fruit that you would want to ripen on the tree.
Pears ripen from the inside, so it may be difficult to judge ripeness based off of the way they look.
To test ripeness, take a pear and apply gentle pressure around the pear. If it is slightly soft, it is most likely ripe. Pears should be slightly soft, but not mushy.
This really varies depending on the type of pear variety. Some pears like the popular Bartlett variety can ripen within 4-5 days.
Other varieties like Anjou pears can take up to 10 days to ripen. And some others only take about 7 days or so to ripen.
Yes, you can! Just be sure to follow the recipe instructions, allow to cool and store in a a freezer safe baking pan or dish for about 4-5 months. Defrost the frozen crisp and bake until warmed through in a 350 degree heated oven.
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Farm Fresh Pear Crisp
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Peel and slice pears evenly and add to a baking dish. Next, pour the water over the top of the sliced pears.
- Mix the cinnamon with 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture over the pears.
- In a separate bowl, add the remaining brown sugar, flour, salt, and oatmeal and combine.
- Work in the butter to the oat mixture until crumbly. Be careful not to over work it and melt or soften the butter too much.
- Spread the crumble mixture over the pears and gently spread it evenly.
- Bake for 30-35 mintues or until pears are soft and crumble mixture is golden brown.