Apple Pear Crisp

I had loads of apples in the fridge plus pears ripening on the counter, so when I got an email request to bake something for a funeral luncheon, I decided on an Apple Pear Crisp. I set aside some of the fruit filling and oatmeal crumble so that Bill, and Nick, who was home for winter break, would have some dessert, too!

Apple Pear Crisp | A delectable pairing of fruit with an oatmeal crisp topping

Crisp for a Crowd!

When you need to make a dessert to serve a crowd, a fruit crisp is an easy solution. The hardest part is peeling and slicing the fruit (and how difficult is that???). The rest is a breeze. The sliced apples and pears were tossed with sugar and  warm spices, then a buttery oatmeal streusel was crumbled over the apple and pear slices. Nothing compares to the blissful aroma of baking apples punched up with cinnamon and nutmeg. I baked this apple pear crisp till the fruit was tender and the juices were thick and bubbly. I almost hated giving away the 9 x13 pan, but I knew I could whip up another for the family in no time.

Apple Pear Crisp | A delectable pairing of fruit with an oatmeal crisp topping

A Big Pan or Individual Servings

Feel free to cut the recipe in half—just use 5 cups of fruit. The proportions don’t really matter. I happened to have more apples on hand and a few perfectly ripe pears. A half recipe would be excellent to make and serve in ramekins. Who doesn’t love having their own dessert? The fruit will shrink as it bakes so make sure to fill your small baking dishes to the top, leaving just a bit of space for the oat crumble. The time in the oven will be slightly shorter using the ramekins, but don’t pull them out till the fruit is thoroughly cooked. This would be a perfect company or Sunday supper dessert. Serve with a scoop of premium vanilla bean ice cream and even a drizzle of caramel sauce. Heaven.

Apple Pear Crisp | A delectable pairing of fruit with an oatmeal crisp topping

Apple Pear Crisp

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Serves: 8-12 servings

A cinnamon spiced crisp featuring apples and pears.
Ingredients
Fruit Filling
  • 7 cups baking apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 cups Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Topping:
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Mix apples and pears in a large bowl. Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and gently toss. Place in a 9x13 inch pan.
  3. Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the fruit.
  4. Bake for 45-60 minutes or till fruit is tender when pierced with a knife. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream if desired.

 

Comments

  1. Brilliant and perfect timing. I have a load of Asian pears sitting on my counter at the moment that I need to do something with very soon. I know a different kind of pear but hoping that it works well. Wishing you a super weekend!

  2. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    That’s funny, recently I’ve been thinking about the individual apple crisps I used to make for breakfast, gotta do that again… Yours sounds wonderful, I love apples and pears mixed together:@)

  3. Awwww – comfort food!!! Love the apple pear mixture idea too.

  4. We associate crisps with summer but yeah it is perfect any time of year, for a crowd or single dish. And love the apples and pears combination.

  5. Since I don’t do pie crusts, these are perfect for me!

  6. Apple Pear Crisp is a favorite dish of mine! I especially love the way the house smells while it is baking. 🙂

  7. I love an apple crisp and so does my family. The idea of adding pears is fabulous. Must try this soon. Yum!

  8. This recipe makes me salivate and hungry!! Will have to make some soon , i love apple crisp especially with some icecream

  9. Perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast!

  10. I really like the apple and pear combination. Crisp is always a delicious dessert.

  11. I like yo serving dish, always makes it taste better.

  12. Hello Liz! Fruit crisps are one of my favourite desserts. I always think they seem quite impressive, but as you say they are SO easy to make. LOVE the idea of serving them in those cute (but very posh!) little ramekins.

  13. Liz, love the combination of pears and apples!!! This looks delicious!

  14. Who can refuse such a delicious recipe? Apple and pear crisp rocks 🙂

  15. Looks like the perfect winter-warmer-upper, Liz! Inspired to make the minis =) P.s. Looks like people know who to call when they need sweets =)

  16. What a cozy crisp! I know this is a winner, and perfect for this rainy Tuesday!

  17. This fruit combo has been on my radar since early fall and I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Thank you for the delicious reminder and individual servings would be the way to go for me.

  18. I love the idea of apple and pear together. Pears are my fave winter fruit. I haven’t made a crisp is ages. Now you’ve got me inspired. YUM.

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