Lemon Cardamon Pear Crisp


Ingredients For Cardamon Pear Crisp

For the filling:

  • 4 – 5 cups of ripe pears, peeled, cored & chopped
  • zest and juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teapoon pure vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Peel, core and chop the pears, then toss with the lemon juice, lemon peel, cornstarch, 1 Tablespoon flour, vanilla and cardamom. (You can add a bit of sugar to the pears if you like, but my pears were quite sweet enough on their own.) Set the pears aside.
  2. In a cast iron skillet (or a small saucepan), melt the butter over medium low heat and cook until browned, swirling occasionally. I’m not sure exactly how long this took, but it seemed about 5 minutes or so.
  3. While the butter is browning, mix together the brown sugar, oats, whole wheat flour, salt and spices in a small mixing bowl. Pour the browned butter over the oat mixture and mix it in till everything is moistened and well mixed.
  4. Pour the pears into the cast iron skillet, then sprinkle the oat crumble over top. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until nicely browned on top.


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Yield: About 8 servings

You can use 2 Tablespoons quick cooking tapioca in place of the flour and cornstarch.

Recipe courtesy of Sumptuous Spoonfuls

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