December 03, 2012

Pear Crisp for Holiday season

Pear crisp

Since we couldn't travel, we hosted the Thanksgiving's dinner for family and friend this year.  I made a couple of things, but most of the menu planning and cooking for done by Aswin. It was a lovely evening spent with good food and good company in between nursing the 3-week-old. Running behind the toddler, I had forgotten, how tiny, soft and fragile little babies are and delicious they smell :)

When I was nursing the last time, my MIL had brought over some special laddoos from India. They were made of some 20-25 ingredients and I had one everyday for a month. This time she was here so no laddoos from India. But this time she made me some delicious whole wheat panjiris.

whole wheat panjiri
We followed the recipe from Manjula's kitchen whole wheat gaund panjiri and stored it in a box and I have been nibbling at it for the last few weeks. It's delicious! We substituted the melon seeds with pumpkin seeds but it is the edible gum which is helpful for lactating women. Another recipe for nursing mother laddoos is at Nupur's One hot stove.

Coming back to the pear crisp, we wanted to make a simple yet delicious dessert for the Thanksgiving dinner and settled on pear crisp as we had a fresh bunch of pears at home. The crisp was easy to make and was a perfect end to the meal. We had it with some organic vanilla bean ice-cream a friend got and the combination was just great.

Ingredients: (serves 5-6 with leftovers)
6-7 pears peeled and chopped in cubes
1 tspoon lemon zest
1/2 tspoon freshly grated ginger
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tspoon salt

For topping
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup almonds
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tspoon cinnamon powder
1 stick butter

Heat the oven to 350 deg C.

Pear crisp
Mix the cubed pears with lemon zest, salt, ginger and sugar and let it sit for 15-25 minutes.  Now prepare the topping. Melt the butter and coarsely chop oats and almonds together.

Now mix the oats and almonds with whole wheat flour. Add sugar, and cinnamon powder mix it together. Now add the melted butter and slowly mix it together till it comes together as a rough dough.

Pear crisp
Sprinkle it nicely over the pears so it forms a nice thick layer. Bake it in the oven for 30 min and then brown it on high heat for another 5 min.

Serve warm with some vanilla ice-cream. 


  1. Looks good. I love to use fruits in baking too. I like that you used whole wheat and oats for the crisp topping. That's the future of baking - healthy yet delicious.

    1. Thanks Bergamot. The whole wheat and the oats along with the nuts made for a nice crisp topping.

  2. I love when they are little they are so soft and small so good,ohhhh i wish i was there just to hold the lil one.
    Looks like you did lot of work for thanks giving and that too with a small one to take care.


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