Asian Pear Crisp

Asian Pear Crisp

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Yield: 1 crisp

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 work just as well.

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

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 all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Asian Pear Crisp ingredients

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  2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Quarter, core, peel, and chop pears.

    Quarter, core, peel, and chop pears on a cutting board

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  3. Put pears in a large bowl and toss with vinegar. Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, spices, and salt and toss to combine thoroughly.

    vinegar, brown sugar, spices, and salt in a bowl with the pears

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  4. Dump pears into a 2-quart baking dish and set aside.

    spiced pears in a baking dish

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  5. In a medium bowl, combine flours, and remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar. Add butter and cut or work the butter into the 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.

    butter, sugar and flour mixture in a bowl

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  6. Spread flour mixture over pear mixture.

    Spread flour mixture over pear mixture in the baking dish

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  7. Bake until center fruit mixture is bubbling and the top is browned and yummy looking, about 40 minutes. Let sit at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm.

    Asian Pear Crisp in a baking dish

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