Combine first 4 ingredients; cut in margarine with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Set aside.
Combine pears, cranberries, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and cardamom in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish; toss well. Sprinkle with oats mixture. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until pears are tender. Serve warm with vanilla frozen yogurt, if desired.
We love this recipe! We've been making it multiple times per year during the autumn and winter since it first came out. We cut down the sugar a bit and add a few more dried cherries (or cranberries), as we tend to put ice cream on top, and it is a bit too sweet. We much prefer it to apple crisp.
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