Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

This delicious pear crisp, spiced with ginger, is a wonderful fall dessert.  When it's fresh out of the oven and still hot, it's especially good with ice cream.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add first 6 ingredients; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 3

Place pear mixture in a 2-quart casserole lightly coated with cooking spray.

Step 4

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, and salt; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Step 5

Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until crumbs measure 3/4 cup. Stir breadcrumbs and nuts into flour mixture.

Step 6

Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over pear mixture. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden.

Chef's Notes

The slight heat of ground ginger brings out the sweetness of the pears. Ground gingerroot is far more intense and peppery than fresh. If you prefer only a hint of ginger, omit it from the topping.

Ratings & Reviews

JNBank's Review

May 15, 2013
Fantastic. Subbed in 1/3 the amount of flour with whole wheat and used whole wheat bread. Will definitely make it again. We all loved it.

leylaxanova's Review

October 21, 2011
liked it!

ChrisVaughn's Review

October 03, 2010
Great fall dessert.