What could be more comforting than a warm apple pear crisp on a chilly day? This easy recipe is perfect for a quick and satisfying dessert. The combination of apples and pears makes for a sweet and tart flavor that will leave you wanting more. Top it with ice cream for the ultimate treat.
One of my favorite things about fall is the crisp weather and delicious comfort food.
This apple pear crisp is the perfect autumn treat.
The slightly tart apples and sweet pears are baked with a crispy oat topping, making it the perfect combination of flavors and textures.
Serve this dish warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate comfort food experience. Invite your friends over for a Fall-themed potluck and enjoy this tasty dessert together.
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Ingredients for Making Pear Apple Crisp
- Apples: The best apples for this recipe are the tart apples such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Braeburn. You will need 1 ½ pounds of apples, peeled, cored, and sliced.
- Pears: I recommend Bartlett, Bosc, or Anjou pears.
- Flour: Either all-purpose or all-purpose gluten-free flour works here.
- Sugar: I used white sugar, but you could also use your favorite sugar substitute.
- Cinnamon: Use fresh cinnamon for the most flavor. (That cinnamon that has been in the back of your spice cabinet for two years is going to be disappointing.) If you like, add a touch of apple pie spice or nutmeg.
- Lemon Juice: The lemon juice helps to keep the apples and pears from browning and provides a bit of acid that balances the dish..
- Brown Sugar: I like brown sugar for the topping, but you could use coconut sugar if you prefer.
- Butter: You will need ½ cup of butter, cut into bits. I used cold butter, but you could also use melted butter.
- Oats: Use rolled oats, not quick oats or steel-cut oats.
- Pecans: I used chopped pecans for the topping, but you could also use walnuts
- Salt: Use a fine salt.
- Caramel Sauce
- Ice Cream
- White Cream
- Chocolate Chips
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Best Apples for an Apple Crisp?
For this recipe, I recommend using Granny Smith apples or a blend of apples that include Granny Smith. They are tart and have a firm texture, which makes them ideal for baking. However, you can use any type of apple that you like. If you prefer a sweeter crisp, then you can use Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp apples.
What are the Best Pears to Bake With?
In my opinion, Bartlett pears are the best type of pear to use for baking. They are sweet and have a soft texture.
You can use any type of pear that you like. If you prefer a tart crisp, then you can use Anjou or Bosc pears.
Do I Need to Peel The Apples and Pears?
Yes, I recommend peeling your apples and pears in a crisp. The skin can be left on, but I find the texture better without it.
Why is my Apple Crisp Not Crispy?
There are a few reasons why your apple crisp might not be crispy.
First, make sure that you are using rolled oats and not quick oats or steel cut oats. Second, make sure that you use cold butter.
If you use melted butter, it will cause the crisp to be dense and heavy. Finally, make sure that you bake the crisp until it is golden brown and bubbly.
Can I Make this Apple Crisp Gluten Free?
Yes, you can make this crisp gluten-free by using gluten free flour and oats.
Tools Needed to Make Pear and Apple Crisp
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- 9 x 9 baking dish or cast iron skillet
- Mixing bowls
Leftover apple and pear crisp should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep fresh for up to 5 days.
Can I Freeze Leftover Crisp?
Yes, you can freeze leftover crisp. Place it in a freezer safe container and it will keep fresh for up to 3 months.
How to Make Apple and Pear Crisp
First, start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Then, grease a 9 x 9 baking dish with butter or oil. (You can also use a cast iron skillet.)
Next, add your apples and pears to a large bowl.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon.
Toss the flour mixture with the fruit and lemon juice until everything is evenly coated.
Then, arrange the fruit in the prepared baking dish. In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, rolled oats, chopped pecans, and salt.
Use clean fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
Spoon the mixture over the fruit. Bake for 1 hour or until browned and bubbly.
Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or your favorite topping. Enjoy!
Apple Pear Crisp
- 1 ½ pounds apples peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1 ½ pounds pears peeled cored, and slice
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 lemon juiced
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup cold butter cut into bits
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup chopped pecans
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 375 ° F. Grease a 9 x 9 baking dish with butter or oil. (You can also use a cast iron skillet.)
- Place the apples and pears in a large bowl.
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
- Toss the flour mixture with the fruit and lemon juice.
- Arrange in the prepared baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, rolled oats, chopped pecans, and salt.
- Use clean fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
- Spoon the mixture over the fruit.
- Bake for 1 hour, until browned and bubbly.
- Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!