//Easy Apple and Pear Crisp

Easy Apple and Pear Crisp

Ditch the dough and get your ice cream ready for this Easy Apple and Pear Crisp topped with a DIY cinnamon-oat topping.

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Move over, pumpkin bars. Step aside, caramel apple hand pies. There’s a new fall dessert favorite in town: Easy Apple and Pear Crisp!

We are officially one week away from the biggest food day of the year. I repeat: ONE WEEK! Whether your menu is set or you’re just getting started, one thing is certain: There’s always room for more dessert.

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Fruit-filled desserts are always a favorite at our holiday table but this year we’re skipping the finicky pie dough in favor of this easy skillet dessert. 

It’s no secret that I love skillet desserts (I’m looking at you Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie). There’s just something about skipping the plates, piling on the ice cream and digging right in with a spoon.

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The setup on this one is simple: Diced apples and pears get tossed with flour, sugar and lemon juice, poured into a skillet, then topped with the best cinnamony-oat crisp to ever hit your lips. The result is a 5-star dessert without the stress of DIY pie.

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What apples do I use for this easy apple crisp?

Any variety of apples will work in this recipe but I prefer Granny Smith or Cortlands. 

What if I Don’t Have a Skillet?

No problem! This classic apple and pear crisp can also be made in a pie plate. Simply place the pie plate atop a baking sheet and bake the crisp until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown, 40 to 50 minutes. 

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All that’s left to do is top it off with a big ol’ scoop of your favorite ice cream or a dollop (or two!) of whipped cream, grab the spoons and dig in.

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Easy Apple and Pear Crisp

For the fruit filling:

  • Unsalted butter, for greasing skillet
  • 3
    cups
    small diced and peeled apples (any variety)
  • 3
    cups
    small diced and peeled pears
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    all-purpose flour
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    white sugar
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    fresh lemon juice

For the topping:

  • 1
    cup
    old-fashioned oats
  • 1
    cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4
    cup
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/4
    teaspoon
    salt
  • 3/4
    cup
    unsalted butter, melted

Make the fruit filling:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 10-inch skillet or pie plate with butter.

In a large bowl, stir together the apples, pears, flour, sugar and lemon juice.

Pour the fruit filling into the prepared pie plate.

Make the topping:

In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. 

Stir in the melted butter until combined.

Using your fingers, clump together the topping and sprinkle it on the fruit.

Place the pie plate atop a baking sheet and bake the crisp until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown, 40 to 50 minutes. 

Remove the crisp from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

Easy Apple and Pear Crisp

Amount Per Serving

Calories 539
Calories from Fat 216

% Daily Value*

Fat 24g37%

Saturated Fat 15g94%

Cholesterol 61mg20%

Sodium 111mg5%

Potassium 275mg8%

Carbohydrates 79g26%

Fiber 6g25%

Sugar 45g50%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 763IU15%

Vitamin C 7mg8%

Calcium 51mg5%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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