When it comes to warm fruit “crisp” recipes, apples seem to get all the love. Not many people think of pears as the versatile fruit they are and overlook them for warm desserts. But they bake up beautifully and provide the perfect tartness and bite for this recipe.
Like many fruits in the U.S., pears can be bought year round. But they do have a season that runs from October to June, so December is a perfect time to feature them in your holiday desserts.
This easy recipe features fresh pears baked with a sweet crispy oat topping. Serve it warm with ice cream for the perfect cool weather dessert!
Warm Pear Crisp
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted, unsalted butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or concentrated fruit sweetener
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
5 cups cored, sliced ripe pears
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix oats, flour, and salt together in a bowl. Add oil and the 2 tablespoons syrup (or sweetener), and mix well. Stir in nuts and set aside. In a small bowl, combine water, 1/4 cup syrup, spices, vanilla extract, and lemon juice, set aside.
Slice fruit and place in a lightly oiled pie pan or an 8 x 8-inch baking dish. Pour the liquid mixture over the fruit and toss gently. Spoon the oat-nut mixture evenly on top of the fruit.
Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes more to crisp the topping. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Tip: For best flavor, store pears at room temperature until ripe. To make them ripen faster, place them in a paper bag and keep them at room temperature. Once they are ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator.