Pear Ginger Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

pear ginger crumble recipe

Around this time of year, when the markets aren’t overflowing with juicy berries and colorful fruits ripe for the picking, I love to bake with pears. While they may look a little awkward and are usually discarded for more alluring summer produce, their crisp, subtly sweet taste is always so satisfying and reminds me why pears are so darn delicious.

pear ginger crumble

A fruit crisp is also one of my favorite, and most easy, desserts to make. Warm spiced pears laced with the fragrant bite of fresh ginger are snuggled below a bed of flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. The dish is popped into the oven for just over half an hour, and does it ever make your home smell cozy and get you excited for fall! Dip a spoon into the dish to serve to your family and friends, or just yourself, and top it off with some whipped cream or, my personal preference, a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Even if the weather is still mighty warm where you are, crank up the air conditioning, break out your favorite snuggly sweater, and bake up this delicious, simple pear ginger crisp. Fall will be here soon enough, but if you can’t help but rush it a little like me… well, bake on, lovers of falling leaves and cinnamon desserts – I’m with you!

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Pear Ginger Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream



1/8 cup flour

1/3 cup old-fashioned oats

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 cup canola oil


2 firm but ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups reduced-fat vanilla ice cream or frozen vanilla yogurt, optional


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the topping: Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl and work together with a fork or with your fingertips until the ingredients are moistened.

For the filling: Combine the pears slices, lemon juice, and ginger in a large bowl. Add the sugar and flour, and toss to blend.

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer the pear mixture to the dish. Sprinkle the topping over the pears. Bake crumble until the pears are tender and the topping is golden brown, about 40 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.



27 Responses to “Pear Ginger Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream”

  1. #
    london bakes — September 19, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Oh this looks perfect for autumn! I love the spiciness of the cinnamon and ginger especially with pears, absolutely delicious!

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    warmvanillasugar — September 19, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    What a perfect breakfast or treat for fall. Yum!

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) — September 19, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    I know just what you mean. Pears are such a wonderful fruit, but I tend to ignore them in the summer. Lovely fall recipe.

  4. #
    A Canadian Foodie — September 19, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    What beautiful flavour combinations! YUM!

  5. #
    Leslie — September 19, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    Fruit crisp is one of my favorites as well. This looks divine

  6. #
    thecompletecookbook — September 19, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    Pear ginger crisp AND ice cream! Heavenly flavours.
    Have a super week.
    :-) Mandy

  7. #
    Sandra — September 19, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    This is a good way to satisfy a sweet tooth without breaking the calorie bank.

  8. #
    Charles — September 19, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    I love fruit crisps… so perfect for autumn – I like mine with custard for that extra warmth :D

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    Lynda - TasteFood — September 19, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    I love pears in a crisp. The ginger makes this extra special.

  10. #
    In Katrina's Kitchen — September 19, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Pear crisp is just about the most comforting dessert I know. It reminds me of my childhood.

  11. #
    Erin — September 19, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    Oh, crisps are so yummy! Pear and ginger are a great flavor idea.

  12. #
    Cassie — September 19, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

    I won’t lie. I’m pretty excited about this one!

    You’re my new favorite.

  13. #
    Deborah — September 20, 2011 @ 4:11 am

    I love the combination of pear and ginger here. This crisp sounds delicious!!

  14. #
    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — September 20, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    I love pears! My favorite is to roast them with a little brown sugar and then top them with sweet ricotta. I will definitely give this recipe a whirl though!

  15. #
    NanAppetit — September 20, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    Looks delicious! Pears are such a good idea! I wonder if the texture would be off if I used canned pears…

  16. #
    brandi — September 20, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    i love pear crisps – especially with ginger!

  17. #
    Jamie (Thrifty Veggie Mama) — September 20, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    I have pears right now just waiting to be used in this dish!

  18. #
    Kelsey — September 20, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    This looks so warm and wonderful. I want put on a sweatshirt and big socks, curl up under a blanket, and enjoy a bowl of this. I can’t wait to make it!

  19. #
    Laura Jeanne — September 20, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

    Georgia, this looks excellent. Such a light sweet treat and so perfect for the season. love it.
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño

  20. #
    Carolyn — September 21, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    I haven’t been by your blog in way too long, Georgia! I love fruit crisps, and i love how you paired the pear (no pun intended) with the ginger.

  21. #
    Audra — September 21, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Georgia this looks amazing! I love apple desserts in the fall, but the pear ones are my personal favorite. Once again, gorgeous pictures and a lovely post!

  22. #
    Annalise — September 21, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    I love the flavor combination in this dessert. It looks perfect fall!

  23. #
    Reeni — September 22, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    Pears and ginger just love each other! And I love crisps – the crumb topping gets me every time!

  24. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — September 22, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    Love pear, love ginger. I think I’d like to live in your kitchen.

  25. #
    scrambledhenfruit — September 23, 2011 @ 1:34 am

    I love the delicate taste of pears in a fruit crisp- this one is beautifully tempting! :)

  26. #
    Sandra — September 23, 2011 @ 2:36 am

    Wow, what a great flavors..I love pears, and this is such a great combo! Amazing photos..Thanks for sharing!!!

  27. #
    Magic of Spice — September 23, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    Pears are always a favorite of mine as well. Gorgeous flavor combination and so beautiful!

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