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Pear Cranberry Crisps

Lisa Romerein; Valerie Aikman-Smith
Yield Makes 12 crisps
You can serve the topping on the side for diners to sprinkle on. Prep and Cook Time: about 2 hours. Notes: You can make the compote a day ahead through step 4 and chill it, covered. The topping can be chilled, unbaked, in an airtight container for up to 1 week. To bake the crisps, you can use 12 oval ramekins (crème brûlée dishes, about 4 in. by 6 in.). Bake the crisps in the morning, then reheat in a 350° oven for 10 minutes just before serving.


  • For the fruit
  • Zest and juice of 1 large orange
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 9 firm-ripe Bosc pears
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, picked over, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • For the topping
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup regular oats
  • 10 tablespoon melted butter
  • Ginger Crème Anglaise

Nutrition Information

  • calories 338
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • protein 3.1 g
  • fat 11 g
  • satfat 6.1 g
  • carbohydrate 61 g
  • fiber 4.4 g
  • sodium 154 mg
  • cholesterol 26 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400° and space 2 baking racks evenly apart. Put orange and lemon juices in a large bowl. Peel, halve, and core pears, then slice thinly lengthwise and cut slices in half. Add pears to juice and toss gently. Stir in cranberries.

  2. In a separate small bowl, mix together zest from juiced orange, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch. Sprinkle over pears and cranberries and gently but thoroughly toss together. Divide among 12 small oval baking dishes (see Notes).

  3. Make topping: In a medium bowl, mix zest, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and oats. Add butter and stir with a fork until mixture forms small clumps (break up any large clumps with your fingers).

  4. Top fruit with crumbs, dividing evenly. Arrange ramekins diagonally on 2 large baking sheets. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until the fruit is bubbling and topping is quite browned. Serve warm, with Ginger Crème Anglaise.

  5. Note: Nutritional analysis is per ramekin.