Pear Crisp Recipe

2019-11-04

Over 3000 pear varieties are being propagated all over the different continents of the globe but only about 10 of those varieties are grown in the good old United States for commercial purposes. Among those 10, the Bartlett Pear is the most common and well known across the states.

Bartlett Pear

The Bartlett Pear, otherwise known as Williams’ pear, is a summer pear that comes in two distinctive colors – green and red. This variety is said to have originated in England and was first introduced to the United States in 1799 by James Carter. The Bartlett Pear has a true “pear shape” with its rounded bell on the bottom, definitive shoulder, and tapered neck.

The cream-colored juicy flesh of Bartlett pears tends to be crunchy, tangy and somewhat gritty when mature but not yet ripe. However, once it is fully ripe, the flesh of a Bartlett pear becomes moist, sweet and fine-grained. This aromatic pear is great for eating fresh out of hand but can also be used for canning and other forms of processing due to its definitive “classic pear flavor”, buttery goodness, and sweetness. It can also be used to make pear sauce, chutney, preserves and syrups.

How to make Pear Crisp

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Hale Groves Bartlett pears
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F and butter a baking dish.
  2. Peel the pears, cut in half, and then use a spoon or a melon baller to remove core/seeds. Slice lengthwise into about 6 to 8 smaller pieces.
  3. Place cut pears in a bowl and toss with the vanilla extract.
  4. To the bowl of pears, add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, toss again to coat pears well. Place coated pears in baking dish.
  5. In a bowl combine the butter, the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, the remaining 1/2 cup all purpose flour, the remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, salt and oatmeal. Use your hands to mix if needed to incorporate butter well with the other ingredients.
  6. Spread mixture over the pears in the baking dish and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until pears are very tender, and the top has browned. Be sure to check pears for tenderness and increase cook time by a few minutes at a time until done.
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