Asian Pear Crisp

Close-Up Of Asian Pears
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Ratings (7)
  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
354 Calories
12g Fat
62g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 354
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 398mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Protein 3g
Calcium 83mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Asian pears are crisp and perfectly juicy when eaten raw. They cook up nicely, too, as in this Asian Pear Crisp. Any pear will work in this recipe - Anjou pears and Bosc pears are particularly good for baking. A bit of garam masala and warm cardamom gives this crisp a little spicy kick, but feel free to leave it out and use cinnamon in their place if you (or your spice rack) is so inclined. Similarly, the whole wheat pastry flour adds a hearty, nutty note, but an equal amount of all-purpose flour or rolled oats works just as well.

Like all fruit crisps, this one is delicious with ice cream or whipped cream on top or along side.

Ingredients

  • 6 Asian pears (or Anjou, Bosc, or Comice pears)

  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Quarter, core, peel, and chop pears. Put pears in a large bowl and toss with vinegar. Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, spices, and salt and toss to combine thoroughly. Dump pears into a 2-quart baking dish and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine flours, and remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar. Add butter and cut or work butter into flour mixture (this can be done with your fingers, a pastry cutter, or fork). Note that you can pulse this mixture a few times in a food processor to great effect.

  3. Spread flour mixture over pear mixture. Bake until center fruit mixture is bubbling and top is browned and yummy looking, about 40 minutes. Let sit at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm.