Easy Fresh Pear Cobbler

Pear Cobbler
The Spruce
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
396 Calories
17g Fat
58g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 396
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 6g
Calcium 147mg 11%
*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.)

This is a classic, buttery pear cobbler made with fresh pears and a cake-like batter. While it's impressive enough to serve at a potluck or gathering, it's extremely easy to throw together. Melted butter is added to the pan followed by a quick and easy batter and sliced fruit. Cinnamon adds a nice spice that pairs perfectly with pears. Plus, there are no special skills or equipment required.

Use firm, ripe pears for the best results. Pears are in season in the fall, and that's when you'll find the best fruit, although a few varieties are usually available year-round. Bosc and Anjou pears are excellent choices and are widely available, or combine either variety with Bartlett pears for a slight variance in flavor and texture. Add 3 cups of fruit for a cakier dessert or 4 cups for a fruitier version. Cobbler a great way to use up extra pears and is always a crowd pleaser.

Serve warm as is or, for an extra-special dessert, top with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Caramel or cinnamon ice cream would also pair nicely.

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 cups pears (sliced fresh)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (divided)
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk (whole or low-fat)
  • 1 large egg
  • Optional: ice cream, whipped cream (for serving)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for making a pear cobbler
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  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F/165 C/Gas Mark 3. Mix the pears with 1/2 cup of the sugar and let stand.

    Pears mixed with sugar in a bowl
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  3. Put butter in a 2-quart baking dish and place in the oven until melted.

    Melted butter in a baking pan
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  4. Combine the remaining sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well.

    Dry ingredients mixed in a bowl
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  5. Whisk together the milk and egg in a separate small mixing bowl.

    Milk and egg whisked together in a bowl
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  6. Slowly combine the milk and egg mixture with the dry ingredients to make a batter.

    Pear cobbler batter in a bowl
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  7. Pour the batter over the melted butter. Do not stir.

    Batter poured over the melted butter in the baking pan
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  8. Spoon the sliced pears over the batter. Do not stir.

    Pear cobbler in the pan before baking
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  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until nicely browned and the pears are tender. If the topping appears to be over-browning, cover the dish with foil and continue baking until the pears are tender.

    Pear cobbler covered with foil
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  10. Remove the cobbler from the oven and set it on a rack to cool slightly.

    Baked pear cobbler

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  11. Enjoy the cobbler hot or cold with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.

Tips

  • Some pears are better for baking than others. Bosc and Anjou varieties are excellent in baked items. Bartlett and Comice pears tend to break down. For good texture and flavor, try a combination of a firm variety with Bartlett.
  • Store a fruit cobbler covered at room temperature for about two days, or store it in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Recipe Variations

  • For a pear-blueberry cobbler, add 1 cup of fresh blueberries to 3 cups pears.
  • Add about 1/2 cup of chopped pecans to the pear filling for additional texture.
  • Sprinkle toasted slivered or sliced almonds over individual servings.