This Apple Pear Crisp combines tart apples and sweet pears mixed with warm spices for a wonderful healthy treat! It is covered in an amazing gluten-free oat topping and baked until golden brown and yummy. A wonderful easy dessert that anyone can make! Perfect for fall!
If I could eat any dessert for the rest of my life it would be apple pear crisp! It is just the best dessert with warm, crisp cinnamon-flavored apples and pears baked until soft and delicious with a sweet buttery crumble topping. It can easily feed a crowd and it is healthy-ish because it is made with fruit! Top it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and you have one delicious fall dessert!
In this unique crisp, I’ve harmoniously blended sweet apples and pears, enhancing the flavors and perfectly balancing the sweetness. The fruit melds beautifully with just a hint of brown sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, and a touch of salt, letting their natural tastes shine. Crowned with a delectable gluten-free oat crumble that turns gorgeously golden, bubbly, and simply irresistible when baked.
- Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- What Are The Best Apples To Use For Apple Crisp?
- How to make Apple Pear Crisp
- Tips for a Perfect Apple Pear Crisp
- How can you tell when the crisp is done baking?
- Are apples and pears good together?
- How can you tell if a pear is ripe?
- What is the difference between an apple crumble and an apple crisp?
- Storage Tips
- More delicious apple recipes
- Cinnamon Apple Pear Crisp – Gluten Free
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Healthy: This recipe is gluten-free and is a wonderfully light dessert for fall! You can also easily make it vegan (see below for variations of this recipe)
- Unique Flavor Combination: The fusion of both apple and pear offers a delightful blend of sweetness and texture, presenting a fresh take on the traditional fruit crisp that everyone loves.
- Versatility: This dessert can be served at various events, from casual family dinners to upscale gatherings, and is suitable for both regular days and festive occasions.
- Natural Ingredients: Utilizing fresh apples and pears in the crisp emphasizes the importance of using natural, whole ingredients, which not only enhance the taste but also provide essential nutrients and fiber.
- Homemade: This easy recipe is made from scratch (don’t worry it is the easiest from-scratch dessert you can make)so you know exactly what ingredients are in it, which is awesome!
What Are The Best Apples To Use For Apple Crisp?
For apple pear crisps, it’s ideal to use apple varieties that are firm and maintain their shape during baking, while also offering a mix of tartness and sweetness to complement the delicate flavor of pears. Here are some of the best apple varieties for this purpose:
- Honeycrisp: They are sweet with a hint of tartness and have a crisp texture that holds up well during baking.
- Braeburn: These apples offer a balanced flavor of sweet and tart, and they maintain their form when baked.
- Granny Smith: This variety is famously tart, which can balance the sweetness of the pears and the topping. They also hold their shape very well when baked.
- Pink Lady (or Cripps Pink): These are tangy with a sweet finish, and their firm texture remains intact during the baking process.
- Golden Delicious: While they are softer than the other varieties listed, they have a mild sweet flavor that pairs well with pears. However, be careful not to overcook, as they can become mushy.
When making apple pear crisp, you can experiment with mixing apple varieties or adjust according to the flavors and textures you prefer. Remember to taste both the apples and the pears before adding sugar or other sweeteners, as the natural sweetness of the fruits can vary. Adjust your recipe accordingly to achieve the desired sweetness level.
- Apples: Preferably Honeycrisp apples, but Granny Smith apples and other mentioned varieties are also suitable.
- Pears: Fresh Bartlett or Bosc pears are the best pears to use; ensure they’re ripe but still firm. Sweet pears will yield the best results.
- Brown Sugar: Dark brown sugar is recommended, but light brown sugar or coconut sugar are good alternatives. Of course, you could also use white sugar but it is not ideal.
- Butter: Essential for a golden, bubbly crumble topping. For a vegan option, vegan butter works perfectly. Make sure to use cold butter.
- Oats: Gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats provide the best texture. Quick oats are an option but avoid steel-cut oats.
- Flour: A touch of gluten-free all-purpose flour is used in the crumble, but regular all-purpose or oat flour can be substituted. Substitutions: almond flour or oat flour will also work.
- Cinnamon: Enhances the warm notes of the fruits.
- Pecans: Add a rich, nutty depth; walnuts are a viable substitute.
- Vanilla extract: Contributes a comforting warmth.
- Salt: A small amount balances sweetness and elevates the overall flavors.
*Get the complete list of recipe ingredients, instructions, and nutrition in the recipe card located at the bottom of the post.
How to make Apple Pear Crisp
Step one: For the Fruit Filling: Peel and slice the apples and pears, then combine with sugar, cinnamon, butter, and salt in a large bowl.
Step two: Spread the fruit filling in an even layer in a buttered baking dish.
Step three: Prepare the Oat Crumble: In a medium bowl, blend the crumble ingredients. Add the cubed butter.
Step four: Incorporate the butter using two forks or a pastry cutter.
Step five: Assembling the Crisp: Evenly sprinkle the oat crumble on top of the fruit filling in the baking dish.
Step six: Baking Instructions: Place the assembled crisp into a 350°F preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, as detailed in the recipe card.
Expert tip: Peel and thinly slice the apples and pears so they cook down while baking and get perfectly soft.
Tips for a Perfect Apple Pear Crisp
- Prevent Apple Browning: Sprinkle the apple slices with some lemon juice to prevent discoloration. This should keep them fresh for over an hour.
- Slicing the Fruit: Cut the apples and pears thinly to ensure quicker cooking, leading to a soft and caramelized texture.
- Oat Crumble Layer: Distribute the oat crumble uniformly over the fruit filling to achieve the classic crunchy and sweet topping that makes apple crisps so delightful.
- Cooling Time: After baking, allow the apple pear crisp to cool for at least 15 minutes due to its high temperature. Then, dig in and enjoy!
How can you tell when the crisp is done baking?
To tell when a crisp is baking, you want to look for a golden brown topping with the edges of the crisp visibly bubbling. Using a fork or knife, gently pierce the fruit through the topping to ensure it’s tender. It should easily slide through if the fruit is adequately cooked. The delicious aroma of the baked fruit and the topping is a good sign that the crisp is ready. When your kitchen is filled with this enticing scent, it’s often an indication that the dessert is nearing completion.
Are apples and pears good together?
Absolutely! Apples and pears complement each other wonderfully. They both have a sweet and slightly tart flavor profile, with textures that meld seamlessly when cooked together. The subtle differences between the two fruits allow for a depth of flavor that’s richer than using just one type of fruit. Additionally, both apples and pears have a similar moisture content, ensuring that they bake evenly together.
How can you tell if a pear is ripe?
Fresh Bartlett pears, also known as Williams pears in some regions, have a few distinct signs that indicate they are ripe and ready to eat:
- Color Change: Bartlett pears are unique in that they undergo a color transformation as they ripen. A green Bartlett pear will turn a golden yellow when it’s fully ripe.
- Softness at the Neck: Apply gentle pressure to the neck or stem end of the pear with your thumb. If it yields slightly, it’s ripe. This is one of the most reliable methods for checking ripeness.
- Aromatic Smell: Ripe Bartlett pears will give off a sweet and fragrant aroma, especially around the stem end.
- Skin Texture: As Bartlett pears ripen, their skin becomes slightly wrinkled, especially near the base of the stem. This can be a sign that they’re getting overripe, so it’s best to consume them soon.
What is the difference between an apple crumble and an apple crisp?
Apple crumble and apple crisp are both delicious baked apple desserts that are quite similar, but they do have distinct differences, primarily in the topping:
- Apple Crisp Topping: Typically includes oats, flour, butter, sugar, and sometimes nuts. Due to the oats, the topping has a more textured, “crispy” finish. The oats give the topping a rough, uneven look, hence the name “crisp.”
- Apple Crumble Topping: Made primarily from butter, flour, and sugar, without the addition of oats. It’s more “crumbly” with a streusel-like texture. Tends to be smoother and less textured than a crisp.
Cool the apple pear crisp to room temperature before storing. For short-term storage, cover and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days; for longer periods, freeze in a tightly wrapped freezer-safe container. Reheat in the oven to restore crispness to the topping and serve with fresh toppings like ice cream or whipped cream for added flair.
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Update: This recipe and post have been updated with step-by-step photos and an improved recipe card.Print