I made this for the first time 2 years ago for Christmas. It was a hit, but for some reason I haven’t made it since. I like to bake on Fridays because I only teach one class in the morning and I have the whole day free. When I saw pears at the market near my school, this recipe came to mind and I had to make it! However, because I was working from memory, I got oats instead of pecans for the topping. It worked just as well, so if you are serving someone with a nut allergy it’s a good substitution.
I shared the crisp (or crumble, said in a French accent, as they called it) with my family here; happily, it went over better than the last time I served an American-style dessert to French people. However, Myrtille did mention that she makes a similar crumble, but with chocolate chips added in. French people sure love their chocolate!
Next time, I will be trying it with browned butter mixed into the topping (just cook the butter in a saucepan on medium heat until little brown specks form and it starts smelling nutty and heavenly, and cook until it is dark brown)! I think browned butter would accompany the pear and cinnamon flavors nicely.
adapted from PW
-4 or 5 large pears
-2/3 cups sugar
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1-1/2 cup flour
-1/3 cup sugar
-1/3 cup brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/2 cup pecans, very finely chopped, or 1/2 cup oats
-1 stick butter, melted
*Use ripe pears for better flavor and unripe pears for ease of peeling and dicing.
Peel and dice the pears into 1 inch pieces.
Sprinkle 2/3 cups sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt over the pears in a bowl. Stir and set aside.
In a separate bowl, stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans or oats.
Pour butter on top and mix with a fork.
Bake at 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C for 30 minutes. Move pan to top rack of oven and bake for 10 more minutes, or until golden brown.