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Brown Butter Pear Crisp
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5 from 4 votes

Browned Butter Pear Crisp Recipe

Fall in love with this cinnamon spiced browned butter pear crisp. It's warm, cozy and perfect for special occasions or chilly fall evenings!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Cool Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 342kcal


  • 6 bartlett pears cored and cut into 1/4" slices
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom optional

For the Topping

  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp butter*


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set aside an 8x8 square baking dish or a medium size gratin dish.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the pears in the lemon juice. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and cardamom. Sprinkle over the pears and toss to coat, pour into the baking dish.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon; set aside.
  • In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add the 4 tablespoons of butter. Heat until the butter foams then begins to brown and become speckled (about 3-5 minutes), whisking every so often. Pour into the bowl with the topping ingredients and mix until crumbles form. Sprinkle over the filling.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until pears are tender and topping is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 20 minutes, serve warm.


*You can also use melted butter instead of browned butter.
-You can toss in 2/3 c. of fresh cranberries to the filling, just increase the granulated sugar to 1/3 c.
-You can add 1/4 c. of your favorite finely chopped nuts to the topping.


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg