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Cranberry-Pear Crisp

Fresh cranberries are available from October through December. Ripe berries are deep red and very firm. Before using them, rinse in a bowl of cold water; discard any unripe ones that float to the top.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 firm pears, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (6 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled butter
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, toss pears with lemon juice. Add cranberries and 1/3 cup sugar; toss well.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer to six 8-ounce ramekins (or a 3-quart baking dish). Sprinkle with topping (see below); bake until fruit is tender and topping is golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

  3. Step 3

    To make the Oatmeal Crisp Topping: Pulse flour with butter in a food processor until pea-size clumps form. Add remaining granulated sugar and the light-brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, and salt; pulse until large, moist clumps form, about 10 times.

Source
Everyday Food, December 2003

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Reviews (5)

  • 13 Dec, 2011

    Very tasty (especially the topping!), but the filling was a bit watery. Next time, I'll add 1 Tbsp. of flour to the pears, cranberries, and sugar to thicken things up.

  • 30 Dec, 2010

    This recipe is definitely a keeper. Very simple and very delicious; the tartness of the cranberries is just enough to complement the sweetness of the pears. The topping was perfect and the whole thing was so easy to make.

  • 19 Dec, 2008

    Wow! This was absolutely delicious. My mom and I searched through Martha's recipes the day before Thanksgiving and decided to make this even though my grandmother was planning on bringing 3 pies. We made this and my whole family went after this and hardly payed any attention to the pies! I would definitely suggest making this, especially for the holidays. Ice cream is an absolute must!

  • 19 Dec, 2008

    Wow! This was absolutely delicious. My mom and I searched through Martha's recipes the day before Thanksgiving and decided to make this even though my grandmother was planning on bringing 3 pies. We made this and my whole family went after this and hardly payed any attention to the pies! I would definitely suggest making this, especially for the holidays. Ice cream is an absolute must!

  • 19 Dec, 2008

    This was absolutely delicious! My family had this on Thanksgiving. My grandmother made 3 or 4 pies and my mom and I made this dessert. The whole family went after this and payed little attention to the pies! I would definitely recommend making it.