For some reason I have never really baked with pears. I love enjoying them fresh, but I have yet to experiment with them much in baking. I know now that I shouldn’t have waited so long! This honey pear crisp is so good.
I found myself with a bunch of pears that needed to be used before we left for the weekend. Since apple crisp is a favorite around here, it only seemed natural that the first pear recipe I tried would be a crisp. While I normally prefer a thick layer of topping on my crisp, this light layer is just right for the delicate flavor of pears.
Honey combines with the pears as the main sweetener to keep the true flavor of the fresh pears without making it too sweet. Since crisps are quick to make, it is easy to throw this seasonal honey pear crisp together for a quick dessert for unexpected company or just to enjoy after a long day!
- 4 C pears, diced
- ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
- ¼ C honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- ⅔ C white whole wheat or all-purpose flour
- ½ C quick oats
- ¼ C brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ¼ C butter, cold and cut into pieces
- Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray individual ramekins or an 8×8 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Combine pears, lemon juice, and honey together in a bowl. Gently toss to coat. Stir together cornstarch and cinnamon and add to pear. Gently stir to coat.
- Whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Evenly divide filling between ramekins or pour into baking dish. Sprinkle on topping.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown.
- Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving warm.