Desserts, Other, Recipes

Harvest Pear Crisp with Crystallized Ginger

Let’s conclude our week of Thanksgiving recipes with the best part of all… dessert! Since I’ve made so many pies this fall, we just weren’t in the mood for pie for our fun meal. So crisp it was! What’s more fall than a crisp? But not the classic apple or cherry, but another fall fruit–pears!

Harvest Pear Crisp |

I think sometimes pears fall by the wayside, overshadowed by apples. Even though I am pretty much addicted to having at least one sliced apple a day, pears are another love of mine! They’re sweet and pair [ha ha ha] so well with cinnamon and ginger. Two things make this crisp sing–the crumbly, buttery topping with tangy pieces of crystallized ginger, and the simple spice of cinnamon. Some fall recipes use a bunch of warm spices. That’s all well and good, but keeping it easy and basic just celebrates the pear, cinnamon, and ginger. Yum! Exactly what we needed to polish off a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. The photos do NOT do this dish justice. It was getting dark… boo.

Harvest Pear Crisp |

Oh well, I still hope you’ve enjoyed this week of Thanksgiving recipes! 🙂

Thanksgiving Meal |

two years ago: Whipped Sweet Potatoes
three years ago: Spinach Mushroom Cream Sauce with Spaghetti

Harvest Pear Crisp with Crystallized Ginger [from Bon Appetite, November 2009]
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  • 4 pounds ripe pears [6-7 large pears] – peeled, cored, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, minced


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.

Place pears in prepared baking dish, then add sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and vanilla. Toss together gently with a fork.

In a medium bowl, prepare topping. Stir together flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter with pastry blender, then add oats and ginger. Toss with a fork, then spread evenly over pears.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until topping is golden brown and juices are bubbling. Serve warm.

Time: 60 minutes.
Yield: 8-10 servings.

Linked up with: Foodie Friday, Weekend Potluck.


16 thoughts on “Harvest Pear Crisp with Crystallized Ginger”

  1. I love pears-and ginger! It’s like you knew exactly what kind of dessert I was in the mood for. 🙂 This looks so good! And I’m loving all of your other Thanksgiving recipes as well!


  2. Pears definitely do get forgotten about! I always do it … even though I really do love them! This crisp sounds delicious – especially with the ginger. What a great combo!


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