Cinnamon Pear Crisp

These pears might not be pretty, but they are local, pesticide free, and absolutely delicious!  They certainly won’t line up in perfect pear formation in the produce section of your local grocery store, but they will stand out as scrumptious any way you serve them!  Tonight I have been letting corned beef and cabbage simmer away on the stove so, with a little extra time on my hands, I decided to make a quick pear crisp.   Crisp is an easy fall dessert – any fruit topped with a crumbly streusel.  Delicious!


4 to 6 large pears, peeled and sliced
1 Tablespoon (or so) lemon juice

1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

2/3 cup oats
1/3 cup flour (gluten free works!)
1/3 cup brown sugar
6 or 7 tablespoons butter


1. Toss pear slices in lemon juice.  Set aside.
2. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon.
3. Toss pears in sugar mixture.

4. Dump pears into a 9×9 baking dish (or similar) – I lightly spray my pan with cooking spray.

5. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, and chilled pieces of butter.  Cut the butter into the other ingredients with a pastry blender or 2 forks until the streusel topping is a crumbly texture.

6. Top the pears with the crumbly streusel topping using your fingers.

7. Cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

One for my family and a mini version for a friend!

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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