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The Ultimate Pear Crisp Recipe

The Ultimate Pear Crisp

A hint of ginger gives this classic a lively flavor that makes it a refreshing finish to any supper. It's also quick to put together, particularly if you've got an aspiring chef in residence. While you peel and slice the fruit, your child can mix the ingredients for the crisp's sweet crumble topping.

What you'll need


  • 6 cups peeled, cored, and sliced ripe pears (about 6 large ones)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped candied ginger
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon flour


  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices

How to make it

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F. Butter a shallow 9- by 13-inch glass or ceramic casserole and set it aside.
  2. Combine the filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss them well. Spread the fruit evenly in the casserole and bake it for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the flour, brown sugar, rolled oats, cinnamon, and salt in the mixing bowl and toss them well. Add the butter, then use your fingers to rub the ingredients together until everything is well blended.
  4. Remove the casserole from the oven and spread the topping evenly over the fruit. Return the casserole to the oven and bake the crisp until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbly, about 20 to 25 minutes. Then let it cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information

Per serving (about 1 cup): Calories 391 • Carbohydrates 72g • Total Fat 11.7g • Saturated Fat 8g • Cholesterol 30mg • Sodium 84mg