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Pear and Apple Phyllo Crisp

Layering pecans between sheets of store-bought phyllo adds a nice crunch to this tart's flaky foundation.

  • Servings: 8
Pear and Apple Phyllo Crisp

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2010


  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup plain fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting
  • 6 sheets frozen phyllo dough (11 1/2 by 15 inches each), thawed
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 small firm pears, such as Forelle or Seckel
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with a rack in top position. Combine pecans, breadcrumbs, sugar, and cinnamon.

  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment, and top with 1 phyllo sheet. Brush phyllo all over with butter, and sprinkle pecan mixture evenly over top. Repeat 4 times. Top with remaining phyllo sheet, and brush with all but 2 tablespoons butter.

  3. Slice pears and apples 1/8 inch thick; discard seeds. Arrange pear and apple slices in a single layer on phyllo, leaving space between fruit and a 1/4-inch border around edges. Brush fruit with reserved 2 tablespoons butter. Sprinkle with sugar, and dust with cinnamon. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until phyllo is golden brown and fruit is soft, 28 to 32 minutes. Let cool slightly. Cut into 8 pieces.

Reviews (3)

  • Marthaisgenius 3 Jun, 2012

    This is such an easy and delicious crisp! One of those recipes that people will ask you to make again and again.

  • LindainChilli 21 Dec, 2010

    I won the dessert entry!! Had to make lots of copies for passing out to co-workers, even the guys asked me for it to give to their wives. LindainChilli

  • LindainChilli 1 Dec, 2010

    This dessert is delicious. I made it for Thanksgiving and my family all loved it. The crust was sweet and crunchy and the fruit slices were softened from the baking. This dessert was a great option for a light, sweet treat at the end of the meal. This was my first time working with phyllo dough and found it to be easy to work with following the directions. I plan to bring this to our office holiday potluck... maybe I'll win first prize for dessert category! Linda in Chillicothe, IL.

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