What were the odds that I would happen to have a piece of fabric with apples and pears on it to present this lovely crisp? Slim to none, I'd say.
I hadn't pre-planned including the pears in the crisp, but as luck would have it, I ran out of apples and had to combine the two fruits. The mix of the flavors turned out well: one bit might be all apple, the next all pear, or you may get two-for-one!
I've never made a crisp before. We were invited upstairs to dinner with our fabulous neighbors. When they came down to invite us over, I asked what I could bring. Somehow, the topic of a crisp came up and knowing that they liked my granola, I offered to make one.
Pastry dough and I aren't generally friends, but I am good at cutting and mixing things, so this was the perfect project for me. And, I found a funny little knife that made the fruit into crinkle cuts. I think it's meant to be used for potatoes, but it worked just fine on my pears and apples. You can't go wrong with the combination of flavors here: butter, vanilla, lemon, cinnamon, fruit and oats. And it's the easiest thing I've made for a dessert in a long time.
The neighbors loved it. I think this will go into my regular rotation of easy, take-along desserts. Hope you like it.
Apple and Pear Crisp
adapted from Simply Recipes
- 2 medium Pears, cut into chunks
- 2 medium Apples, cut into chunks
- 3 tsps Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup Butter, room temperature
- 5 to 10 almonds, crushed
- 5 to 10 Walnuts, crushed
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine fruit, lemon juice, and vanilla. Toss to combine.
- Put the pear and apple pieces into a baking dish. I don't really layer, just put them in there, and any baking dish will do here, I used a souffle dish.
- Mix together the dry ingredients (oats, cinnamon and brown sugar) with the butter.
- Using a pastry blender or a fork, chop up the butter until it is in small pea-sized pieces.
- Cover the fruit with the oat mixture.
- Place the nuts on top of the oat mixture.
- Set in the oven for 45 minutes.
- Bake until the topping looks crunchy, being careful not to burn the nut topping.
- Serve with ice cream on the side.