Fresh Pear Crisp – My first ever fruit crisp!

This might not be the best fruit crisp you’ve ever had, but it’s a pretty much basic recipe which you can adapt very easily according to your personal preferences.  And this is my first ever fruit crisp!  🙂 

If I had come across the term fruit crisp a few months ago, I wouldn’t have imagined anything close to this warm sweet dessert.  I’m sure some of you who are reading this post must be thinking “How can someone not know what a fruit crisp is?!”  But for those who are wondering what this recipe is about; a crisp is baked fruit dessert with crispy sweet crumbs on top.  These can be made with apples, pears, cherries, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, or any other fruits you like!  🙂  Are you feeling tempted?  Have a look ahead; this is a very good recipe to experiment with.

NOTES :

  • The recipe is adapted from here.  This will make two small serving or a single large serving.  I ended up eating all of it.  🙂
  • I have doubled the amount of butter mentioned in the original recipe after reading the reviews.  You might find the crumb topping in my photos a bit dry since I did not make any alterations for my first try.
  • Any fruit filling that you would normally use for fruit pie can be used in this recipe.  Tougher fruits like apples should be pre-cooked.  Soft fruits can be used as it is.  Most of the fresh fruits need to be peeled.
  • The crisp should be fairly shallow so that the fruit layer is cooked before the crumb topping starts browning too much.
  • For variety, you can add nuts, grated zest, candied ginger or additional spices to the crumb topping.  You can also add spices to the fruit, or try a mixture of fruits.

INGREDIENTS :

  • 3 1/2 tbs flour
  • 2 tbs quick cooking oats or rolled oats
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbs margarine / butter
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced pear (1 medium sized pear)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp grated lemon peel / zest
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger (or ground cinnamon)

DIRECTIONS :

  • In a bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon (first 4 ingredients).  Cut in the margarine or butter until coarse crumbs form. Set aside.  Add any additional ingredients you are using for the crumb at this point.
  • Peel and slice your pear.  Place in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel, ground ginger or cinnamon.  Toss to coat.  I added some Candied Citrus Peel to this.  You can adjust the amount of sugar according to the sweetness of your fruit.
  • The pears should preferably be precooked if they are firm.  I simply mixed the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and then cooked it in the microwave for about 5 minutes (I added 2-3 tbs water to it before cooking).  You may as well cook the pears on stove-top.
  • Transfer the pear mixture to a greased baking dish.  Sprinkle with the crumb mixture.  Bake at 175 degrees C for 35 – 45 minutes, or until the pears are tender.  I guess the crisp will bake faster if the pears are precooked.  🙂

Serve this yummy fruit dessert warm and fresh from the oven!  Add a finishing touch by topping it with some yogurt, whipped cream or ice cream.  🙂

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4 responses to “Fresh Pear Crisp – My first ever fruit crisp!

  1. LOVE all things pear! I printed this to make this weekend. Thanks for posting this recipe!

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