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Brown Butter Pear Crisp

The brown butter makes this pear crisp extra special. Serve with vanilla ice cream for the ultimate fall dessert!

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I’ve been on a brown butter kick lately. Brown Butter Buttermilk Syrup, Brown Butter Pumpkin Waffles, and I just made my favorite fall cupcakes-Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting. I guess it’s not really a kick, it’s more of an obsession. I can’t stop. I won’t stop!

 Today I am sharing a recipe for Brown Butter Pear Crisp. Brown butter makes everything better, including this pear crisp. I’ve always enjoyed pear crisp. It’s a fine dessert. Well, this Brown Butter Pear Crisp is more than fine. It will sweep you right off your feet!

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We have pears coming out our ears. Ok, they aren’t really coming out our ears, but they are taking up my precious counter space. I made a few batches of Easy Pear Sauce, but that barely made a dent in our pear supply. So I made dessert, Brown Butter Pear Crisp to be exact. The pears made me do it!

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I started with ripe, juicy pears and added in the basics-lemon juice, sugar, Gold Medal Flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and a little cornstarch.

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Next, I added the glorious brown butter topping! Go ahead, you can oooh and awww! This brown butter oat topping deserves it! It’s fabulous!

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I baked the crisp in a cast iron skillet to give it an extra rustic look. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you can use a baking dish. It will taste good either way!

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I baked until bubbly and paced back and forth until it was cool enough to eat. The brown butter cinnamon pear smell was driving me crazy! I was tempted to dive right into the bubbling crisp, but I didn’t want to burn off my tastebuds. I’ve learned my lesson in my old age:) I wanted to make sure I could taste every single bite of this dessert!

When the crisp was cool enough to eat, I scooped a healthy portion into a bowl and topped it with vanilla ice cream. I enjoyed every single bite! And I may have enjoyed a second helping for breakfast the next day:) And if you want to go all out, you can add Salted Caramel Sauce too. It’s always a good idea!

I hope you will join me in my brown butter obsession by making Brown Butter Pear Crisp. It is the perfect dessert for fall!

Brown Butter Pear Crisp Recipe on A great dessert for fall!

Brown Butter Pear Crisp

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40-45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

The brown butter makes this pear crisp extra special!


For the Pear Filling:

6 cups pears, peeled, cored and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Brown Butter Crisp Topping:

1/2 cup butter, plus 2 tablespoons cold butter

1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose Gold Medal flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine pears, lemon juice, and vanilla. Toss to coat the pears. In a medium bowl mix together sugars, flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle sugar mixture over pears and stir until combined. Pour pear mixture into prepared skillet and spread into an even layer. Set aside.

3. In a small saucepan, melt 1/2 cup of the butter over medium-low heat and continue to cook, swirling occasionally, until butter turns golden brown, Skim foam from top, and remove from heat. Pour into a bowl to stop the cooking, leaving any burned sediment behind; let cool.

4. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Pour the browned butter over the mixture and stir well. Add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cold butter and mix until crumbly. Pour mixture evenly over the pears.

5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the crumble topping it golden brown and the crisp is bubbling around the edges. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel sauce, or whipped cream, if desired.

Note-if you don't have a cast iron skillet you can bake the crisp in a greased baking dish.

Disclosure-this post is in partnership with Gold Medal Flour, but our opinions are our own.

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54 Responses to “Brown Butter Pear Crisp”

  1. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — September 30, 2013 @ 5:03 am

    I have apples coming out of my ears so I know how you feel. Crisps and cobblers are the way to go. Never put brown butter in mine before. Must try that next time

  2. Jess Wood — September 30, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Do you think Gluten Free all-purpose flour would work the same?

  3. Becky @ A Calculated Whisk — September 30, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    This looks amazing! I love how much you’re doing with pears. They really are under-appreciated. I’m thinking I will have to make a gluten-free version of this…

  4. Looks amazing! I just want to a big bowl of it with vanilla ice cream!! Yum!!!!!!!

  5. Erica — September 30, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    Crisp may just be my favorite dessert. Its such an amazing combination. Your topping looks like it has a nice crunch

  6. Sandra — September 30, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Do you think I can use coconut oil instead of butter?

  7. Ali @ Inspiralized — September 30, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    Holy moly, this is amazinggggg – I love pears in the falltime, reminds me of growing up! I will definitely be trying this.

  8. Tieghan — September 30, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    I am on a HUGE brown butter kick these days too, I cannot stop throwing it in everything I make! It is just so good and add such awesome flavor! Love this crisp. It is the perfect thing to cozy up too on a fall day!

  9. Laura Dembowski — September 30, 2013 @ 8:39 am

    Crisps are such a comforting and versatile dessert. Love this one with all those pears!

  10. ashley - baker by nature — September 30, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    This is a Fall must! Love the brown butter :)

  11. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — September 30, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    You are on a pear-recipe roll! This looks absolutely amazing — the perfect fall dessert! (And at my house, it would also be breakfast!) 😉

  12. Marian (Sweetopia) — September 30, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    Yummy! Would love some of this right now!

  13. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 30, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    This looks amazing!! Pears are of one of my absolute favorite fruits–and I get so excited when they start appearing in the stores (or farmer’s markets) come fall. And the addition of brown butter totally takes this over the top.

    Love it! :)

  14. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 30, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    I totally want a giant bowl of this for breakfast and dessert! :)

  15. Jenny Flake — September 30, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    What a perfect Fall Crisp! Love!

  16. Julie @ Table for Two — September 30, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Adore this!! Looks so comforting and yummy!

  17. Aimee @ Simple Bites — September 30, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Gorgeous! Love the cast iron pan. 😉

  18. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — September 30, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Love the switch up from the usual apples! And brown butter is always a good idea…yummy!

  19. Katrina @ WVS — September 30, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    I’m such a sucker for fruit crisps. This sounds awesome!

  20. Cookbook Queen — September 30, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    This looks TOO fabulous!! Fall in a bowl!!

  21. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — September 30, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    This is fall perfection. Love all of brown butter recipes. Keep them coming!!!

  22. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — September 30, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    This is mouth watering good!

  23. HeatherChristo — September 30, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    This is truly beautiful and will be on my table VERY soon!

  24. naomi — September 30, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    I’m liking your brown butter kick! :) This is a great addition to it. Pear crisp is one of Cole’s favorite!

  25. Rachel @thedessertchonicles — September 30, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    Pear crisp is the perfect thing to make with all the pears I just picked! Your photos are stunning! thanks for sharing!

  26. Amanda — September 30, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    We have pears coming out of our ears too! What a great use for them :)

  27. Liz — September 30, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    Wonderful recipe. Thank you so much.

  28. Shaina — September 30, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    Yes, this. I am in love with pears, and this looks like such a warming dish for these cooler nights.

  29. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — September 30, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    Pears are one of my favorite fruits. Great Fall dessert!

  30. Anna — September 30, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    This crisp looks heavenly, brown butter just makes everything that much better!!

  31. Kiran @ — September 30, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    Anything with brown butter has me drooooling 😀


  32. Gaby — September 30, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    oh I would totally dig into this!! Love that the ice cream cools down the dessert just a bit so you can totally indulge!

  33. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — September 30, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    I love brown butter with pears, perfect fall crisp!

  34. Holly — September 30, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    I picked pears yesterday. It’s like it was meant to be! This is the most amazing pear dessert I have ever had. I’m in love with brown butter so I am in complete heaven. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!

  35. Norma @ Allspice and Nutmeg — September 30, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    I’m oohing and aaahing over here. Yum!

  36. marla — September 30, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    All the flavors of fall in this crisp ~ so nice!

  37. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — September 30, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

    Maria, this pear crisp is gorgeous! So perfect for fall!

  38. Patti — October 1, 2013 @ 12:00 am

    Didn’t have any pears on hand – went with 6 cups of random fruit from the freezer. 40 minutes later we had the best brown butter strawberry, blackberry, cherry crisp ever!

  39. David @ Spiced — October 1, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    I love that pear season is finally here again…and this Crisp will have to be one of the first things out of my kitchen! Looks delicious!

  40. Brian @ A Thought For Food — October 1, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    How did i miss this yesterday? Looks fabulous!!!

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