Decadent Desserts: Pear crisp

Two words: butter and brown sugar. If there are two ingredients I think could bring world peace I’m pretty sure these could achieve justice. If you’re anyone like me, you pretty much just make any fruit crisp strictly as an excuse to make more buttery, brown sugar delicious topping! However, this pear crisp has forever changed my feelings for akin crumbly fruit desserts. Rich, luscious, silky caramel sauce is combined with fresh Bartlett pears and finished off with cinnamon, mouthwatering toasted crumb topping. I know perhaps that you may be thinking this is not necessarily the most healthiest recipe considering how much butter is used. Yes, it may not be healthy to eat this as a meal or every single day, but every once in awhile in moderation is perfectly acceptable.Try portioning out the recipe into individual ramekins. This serving control not only keeps your sweet tooth in check, but it also makes serving guests easy. Pre-portioning this dessert also allows you to freeze leftovers; making it the perfect solutions for when you want some fruit crisp, but don’t have the energy to make it…freezer…microwave…voila! Whether it’s a party or a low key Saturday night, this recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to impress their friends or families (and let’s be honest oneself). Enjoy!


  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 semi-firm Bartlett pears (or whichever type you prefer) cut into chunks
    • HINT: check for ripeness by pushing softly on the top stem, if it gives a little, it’s ripe
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 6 T of butter (cut up into small pieces)
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 13 by 19 pan.
  2. Prepare caramel sauce: combine first three ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil and continue to cook until amber color and slightly thickened consistency (about 10 minutes).
  3. While caramel sauce is bring made, wash and cut up pears, place in baking dish. Then add the flour, cinnamon, lemon juice and salt, toss until evenly coated.
  4. Once caramel sauce is finished drizzle about 1/2 of it on top of the pears and coat evenly.
  5. Prepare the crumb topping mixing all the remaining ingredients in a bowl. You can use our hands to work the butter into the oats, brown sugar, and salt or if you’re more civilized use a fork until the mixture slightly sticks together ever so elegantly.
  6. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the pears (also don’t forget to Admire the butter brown sugar goodness).
  7. Place in oven and bake about 35-40 minutes (prepare for you kitchen to smell AMAZING; no candle necessary).
  8. Once it’s done, pour the remaining caramel sauce over the dish, and devour. Feel free to serve with whipped cream or ice cream.


There’s always mushroom for improvement 😉 Feel free to comment below with any future recipes ideas or any questions! Enjoy!

Written By: Molly Brennan

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Sophomore in Dietetics


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