Desserts, Donuts, Muffins, & Pastries, Fruit

Pear Crisp

June 9, 2011
Don’t you love easy desserts!  Something that you can put together quick and takes almost no time and effort.  Don’t get me wrong, I love detailed and time-consuming desserts, but there’s something great about a dessert that takes me less than 10 minutes to make.  This crisp is one of those desserts!
A crisp is very similar to a crumble (I posted a crumble last week).  And many people actually get them mixed up often.  Just like a crumble, fruit is the bottom layer of this dessert.  However, a crisp has a crunchier topping than the crumble – Normally because it includes oats in the topping.  A crumble has a more soft, crumbly topping.  I know… it’s confusing.  But don’t worry if you don’t get it.  It’s not that big 🙂.  The only important thing is that you enjoy the desserts!
Although a crisp is a very easy and simple dessert, by just looking at this dessert you could never tell it only took 10 minutes to put together.  It’s such a beautiful, yet rustic dessert. 
When I decided to bake a crisp, I asked Steve what fruit he thought I should include.  I love all types of crisps – apple, strawberry, pineapple, pear – so I can never decide which kind to make.  It’s much easier to ask Steve :).  He decided on pear… And oh what a great decision!
The pear has a mild sweetness that goes great in this dessert.  When baked, the pears get soft, which is a great contrast to the crispy oat topping.
This pear crisp was delicious and satisfying.  Exactly what we wanted for dessert!  Steve and I couldn’t get enough – we kept going back for more.
Top this dessert with a creamy ice cream and your set.   
Enjoy this warm, crispy, soft dessert :)!
Pear Crisp
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Makes: 1 9×12 filled Baking Dish
For the Fruit Filling
8 Pears
1 tsp. Orange Zest
1 tbsp. Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
½ cup Sugar
¼ cup All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
For the Topping
1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
¾ cup Sugar
¾ cup Brown Sugar
½ tsp. Salt
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats/Oatmeal
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the fruit filling, core and cut the pears into slices.  Place the cut pears into a large bowl.  Add the orange zest, orange juice, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Toss the mixture until the fruit is completely coated.  Pour the fruit into a 9×12 baking dish.  Set aside.
To make the crump topping, cut the butter into 1-inch cubes.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, oatmeal, and butter.  Beat until the butter is no large than the size of small peas, about 1 minute.  With your hands, squish together the mixture to create large crumbles.  Top the fruit evenly with the crumb topping.
Place the baking dish on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until the top is golden brown and the fruit it bubbling, about 50 minutes to 1 hour.  Cool until warm or room temperature.  Serve topped with ice cream if desired.  Enjoy 🙂!
Recipe from Barefoot Contessa.

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  • TaWonia Watkins October 22, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I’m making this right now.