Last week I made Poached Pears with Rosemary and Bourbon from pears that were sent to me from Stemilt Growers. If you haven’t tried them, you should! They are the best pears I’ve ever had. I used up the last few juicy pears to make this Whole Pear Crisp.
I love Apple Crisp but it’s a very rustic dish. I wanted something that’s slightly more refined but with all the cinnamon flavor. I used pear halves to create individual servings. Using whole pears means less chopping and less time preparing the dish, which is always a good thing. It’s great for a small gathering during the holidays. Serve each pear half with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and you’ve got an easy but delicious holiday dessert.
Whole Pear Crisp
- 2 Pears peeled (I used Stemilt Red D’Anjou)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar divided
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon divided
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 tablespoon rolled oats
- Cooking spray
- Heat the oven to 400°F.
- Melt the 1 tablespoon butter in a small saucepan (or in a small bowl over low heat in the microwave).
- Once cooled add 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and then set aside.
- Slice the pears in half from top to bottom (the long way).
- Core the pears but using a melon baller or grapefruit spoon.
- Spray a thin layer of cooking spray over the inside of a baking dish.
- Place the pears in the baking dish, flat side up.
- With a pastry brush, brush the pears with the melted butter and brown sugar mixture.
- Cover the baking dish with tinfoil, and bake for 20 minutes.
- Cut the remaining tablespoon of butter into cubes.
- Add it to a bowl, along with 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, flour, oats, and a pinch of salt.
- Use a fork to blend the ingredients together.
- After the pears have finished baking, remove the baking dish from the oven.
- Use a fork to carefully spread the oat mixture over top of the pears.
- Increase the oven temperature to 425°F.
- Place the baking dish back in the oven and bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes more.
- Remove the baking dish from the oven.
- Cool the pears for about 5 minutes before serving.