Baked Pears with Apple Crisp Topping combines 2 fave fall fruits: apples and pears! Roasted pears are stuffed with an easy apple crisp topping, drizzled with butter, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. A fun, fall snack, breakfast, or dessert that uses up those extra fresh-picked orchard apples.
Making Baked Pears with Apple Crisp topping is a wonderful way to use fresh picked orchard apples and in-season pears. While apples get so much love during the fall months, pears are rarely spoken about.
I think it's a shame that poor pears are like a red-headed step child. Personally I find them to be one of the best fruits for babies and small children. They are softer than apples, the skins are thinner and pose less of a choking hazard, and they are sweeter in flavor (to me at least).
Maybe its because there isn't a lot of variety to pears like there are in the apple family. It seems like every time I go to the grocery store there is a different selection of apples. Plus, we let our kids indulge in apple juice and not pear juice. 😀
Apples are fantastic, don't get me wrong. We love them too and always have them lying around, but we love pears too! They are a great combination to tweak one of the kid-friendliest fall snacks, apple nachos!
Pears and apples are both highly nutritious. Although they are high in naturally occurring sugars like all fruits, their glycemic indexes are low. Pears and apples are both thought to support weight loss (yay for us moms + dads!), and help reduce the risk for cancer, diabetes, and other ailments.
Pears are high in vitamin C, copper, and folate, among many other vitamins and minerals. Did you know that they actually have less sugar and are higher in fiber than apples?
So it's about time we give pears the love they need and make these delicious Baked Pears with Apple Crisp Topping.
To make Baked Pears with Apple Crisp Topping, you need:
- apples (a tart variety, like Granny Smith)
- cinnamon sugar (this is optional, but adds even more sweetness to the pears)
To make Baked Pears with Apple Crisp Topping, first preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Next, slice the pears in have and scoop out a hole in the center of each half. You should scoop out the seeds and any hard core pieces. Then brush the pears with a little lemon juice to prevent them from browning while you make the apple crisp topping.
After brushing with lemon juice, brush them with melted butter to coat thoroughly. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if you'd like that extra sweetness on the baked pears. Fill the hollowed out centers with diced apples. Brush the apples with a little lemon juice, too, to prevent them from browning while cooking.
Now make the apple crisp topping by combining the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg with melted butter. Mix until its nice and combined, adding more melted butter if it's too dry. The mix should stick when pressed together.
Press down about 2 tablespoons of apple crisp topping onto each pear. Drizzle with melted butter.
Bake for 35-45 minutes. Mine took exactly 38 minutes for a fork to pierce the pear easily, meaning it was perfectly done.
That's it, now get baking!
Baked Pears with Apple Crisp Topping
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Cut the pears in half and scoop out a hole in the center of each half, removing the core and seeds. Brush with lemon juice and melted butter. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar and fill the center with diced apples
- Combine the flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and melted butter in a bowl. Toss until a pasty mixture is made, adding more melted butter if needed.
- Place a scoop of the mixture on top of the apples, pressing down to adhere. Drizzle with additional melted butter.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes, until pears are easily pricked with a fork. Serve warm.
Baked Pears with Apple Crisp Topping are best served immediately, warm from the oven still. To enjoy at a later time, toast for about 5 minutes.
Baked pears are delicious eaten alone or served with a scoop of vanilla or coffee ice cream. Of course, with ice cream is my daughter's favorite way to eat them.
Enjoy your baked pears as a breakfast alongside coffee or tea and as a snack paired with apple cider or hot chocolate. They are also a wonderful fall dessert after dinner.
That's all there is to it! I hope you enjoy these delicious baked pears.
If you've made them, I'd love to hear how they turned out! Let me know in the comments below.