Last night I bought a big bag of ripe pears from the grocery store. I love pears. They are near the top of my favorite fruit list, although I can never only choose one. My kids absolutely adore them too. Which is why it is strange that I rarely bake with them. I suppose because they go so fast in our house, I’m never looking for a way to use them up.
This morning I had a craving for something with caramel. Perhaps it was walking by that bag of caramels sitting on our island over and over again that did it. I had a tote of apples and did some searching online for a new apple recipe with caramel. I came across several but while checking out an apple crisp recipe I saw this pear crisp recipe instead. I couldn’t resist trying it out but I changed it up a bit to suit my tastes and what we had on hand.
- ⅓ cup quick-cooking oats
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut up
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 5 squares honey flavored graham crackers, coarsely crumbled (about ⅔ cup)
- 4 large pears
- 12 caramels, unwrapped
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Optional Toppings:
- whipped cream, whipped topping or ice cream
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- Combine oats, sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl. Cut in butter until like coarse crumb, using a pastry blender or two forks. Stir in coarsely crushed graham crackers. Set aside.
- Peel and slice pears into ½-inch thick slices. Add to ungreased 1-1/2-qt. casserole. Sprinkle with crumb topping.
- Bake uncovered 35 to 40 min. Pears should be tender and topping should be golden. Cool for 15 minutes.
- Melt caramels and milk in microwave. This will take around 1 to 1½ minutes, depending upon your microwave, until completely melted. Be sure to stir in 30 second intervals.
- Serve dessert in small dishes, drizzling caramel over the top of each and adding whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
I didn’t have any cookie wafers but I did have honey flavored graham crackers and figured they’d be a great substitute. It was so simple to put together.
When I pulled it out of the oven, I could still see the bubbles from the pears cooking on the side. It was hard not to take a bite right away! (Great tip from Kraft Check on your topping a little early and add aluminum foil to the top if you feel it is getting too dark. I did not need to do this.)
I served this as a one cup serving but if serving with ice cream, 1/2 cup servings would be sufficient.
My whole family was enthusiastic about this dish and it is definitely on my repeat list.
Have you tried baking with pears lately?