December 10, 2022

The Best Pear Crisp

This easy gluten free pear crisp is a simple recipe but so delicious. Juicy pears combine with warm spices and the perfect crisp topping. It’s the perfect cozy dessert recipe to enjoy all season long!

Why You’ll Love This Pear Crisp Recipe

  • It’s easy! All you have to do is make a quick filling of sliced pears and spices, then top with an easy to make crisp topping. It’s the perfect lazy baking recipe.
  • It’s perfect for the holidays and seasonal gatherings! This recipe serves a group and is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a holiday party.
  • It’s delicious! Pears don’t really get the love they deserve but in this recipe they are for sure the star of the show. If you’ve been looking for a tasty recipe to include more pears in your life then this is the recipe for you.

What Is the Difference a Pear Crisp and Pear Crumble?

While crisp and crumbles are similar, there is a key difference between the two. Crumbles also have a streusel topping, similar to a crisp, but unlike a crumble a crisp contains oats. Crumble toppings also tend to be a bit more dense and cake-like.

Which Pears are Best for this Crisp?

The best pears to use in this pear crisp are ones that are perfect for baking like Bartlett, Bosc, or Anjou. For this recipe we’re using Bartlett pears that are full of flavor and hold they’re shape well when baking. You’ll want to use pears that are ripe but still slightly firm for this recipe.

recipe ingredients

Ingredients You Need

Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Oats: if you have a gluten allergy be sure to use certified gluten-free oats in this recipe. You can usually find them at your local grocery store.

Almond Flour: to keep this recipe gluten-free we’re almond flour instead of all-purpose flour.

Dark Brown Sugar: for that perfect touch of delicious sweetness in the crisp topping.

Chopped Pecans: to add a bit of crunch to the crisp topping, we’re adding some chopped pecans.

Butter: you’ll need a bit of unsalted butter to make the crisp topping.

Cinnamon & Cardamom & Ginger: these spices helps to add a delicious warmth to the crisp. The cardamom and ginger pair perfectly with the pears.

Vanilla Extract: a must-have ingredient in any good crisp recipe.

Pears: we’re using Bartlett pears for this recipes that have been peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick. You can use either red or green pears, it’s up to you. To ensure that crisp filling doesn’t become mushy, try to use pears that are ripe but still slightly firm.

Arrowroot Starch: this grain free starch helps to thicken the pear filling.

Maple Syrup: we’re using a touch of maple syrup for delicious flavor and sweetness in the filling.

Lemon Juice: fresh lemon juice adds a bit of brightness to the crisp that works so well.

crisp filling in bowl

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Almond Flour – swap the almond flour for all-purpose flour if you need to avoid almonds for any reason.
  • Butter – you can use vegan butter to keep this recipe dairy-free.
  • Arrowroot Starch – swap the arrowroot starch for cornstarch if needed.
  • Chopped Pecans – you can leave these out altogether if you prefer!

crisp topping ingredients in bowl

How to Make This Pear Crisp Recipe

Step One: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Step Two: To a large mixing bowl, add the sliced pears, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ground ginger, vanilla, arrowroot starch, and maple syrup. Toss until everything is well combined and the pears are well coated.

Step Three: Transfer the pears to a greased cast iron skillet.

Step Four: Next, make the crisp topping. Add the gluten-free oats, almond flour, dark brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and chopped pecans to the same mixing bowl. Use a fork to mix all of the dry ingredients until well combined.

pear crisp in skillet before oven

Step Five: Next, add the cubed butter to the mixing bowl. Use your hands to work the butter into the dry ingredients until you have a clumpy crisp topping.

Step Six: Sprinkle the crisp evenly over the pear filling. Bake the crisp at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes until the filling is bubbling and the top is golden brown. To prevent the crisp from burning or becoming too brown, cover it loosely with a sheet of foil after 20-25 minutes if needed.

Step Seven: Once the crisp is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 10-15 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream.

baked crisp in skillet

How to Serve Your Pear Crisp

Serve your peach crisp warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream! A drizzle of caramel on top is always a good time.

How to Store

Store your peach crisp in the fridge, tightly covered, for up to three days. You can reheat the crisp in the microwave or oven.

crisp served in bowl with ice cream

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The Best Pear Crisp

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Scale:
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 67 medium Bartlett pears, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch or corn starch
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • pinch of sea salt

Crisp Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the sliced pears, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ground ginger, vanilla, arrowroot starch, and maple syrup. Toss until everything is well combined and the pears are well coated.
  3. Transfer the pears to a greased cast iron skillet.
  4. Next, make the crisp topping. Add the gluten-free oats, almond flour, dark brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and chopped pecans to the same mixing bowl. Use a fork to mix all of the dry ingredients until well combined.
  5. Next, add the cubed butter to the mixing bowl. Use your hands to work the butter into the dry ingredients until you have a clumpy crisp topping.
  6. Sprinkle the crisp evenly over the pear filling. Bake the crisp at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes until the filling is bubbling and the top is golden brown. To prevent the crisp from burning or becoming too brown, cover it loosely with a sheet of foil after 20-25 minutes if needed.
  7. Once the crisp is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 10-15 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream.

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  1. I love a good crisp and this one is my favorite by far. Ashlea creates a winner yet again!!! Try this one! You won’t be sorry!

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