Cranberry-Pear Crumble

Now that November is here, my holiday cooking and baking plans are in full swing. I have lists of Thanksgiving sides and desserts I want to try out for the main event this year, and I’m looking forward to posting about the keepers. I’ve even been jotting down some ideas for Christmas cookies already, which I also can’t wait to share! In the meantime though, things are a little busy around here as I wrap up this year’s farmers market season with holiday events – assembling gift boxes and baskets, filling orders, and as always encouraging people to shop local. So today, I’m sharing an easy autumn dessert that doesn’t take much time at all to put together. While I’m pretty partial to pie for Thanksgiving dessert, I’m definitely thinking about serving this for brunch the next day. Whether you make it around Thanksgiving or not, I hope you’ll give it a try. Enjoy!

  • 1 (12oz) bag of fresh cranberries, washed and picked over
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 pears, peeled and cut into slices

For the crisp topping:

  • 1 stick butter, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 9×13″ baking dish or a casserole dish. In a large pot, combine the cranberries and water. Cook at medium heat 15-20 minutes or until the cranberries pop and reduce to a thick sauce.

Stir in the orange zest and sugars, then add in the pear slices. Stir to combine.

To make the topping, in a medium bowl, use a pastry blender to combine all of the topping ingredients, leaving pea-sized chunks of butter throughout.

Pour the cranberry-pear mixture into the prepared dish.

Sprinkle with the topping (since I used a 1.6 L casserole dish instead of a 9×13″ dish, I only used about 1/2 of the topping).

Bake 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.

Serve warm.

14 Responses to “Cranberry-Pear Crumble”

  1. 1 Sarah Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I love anything with fresh cranberries!

  2. 2 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Awww yeah. Pure deliciousness!

  3. 3 Casey@Good. Food. Stories. Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    What a gorgeous color – one of the things that I try to do with my Thanksgiving table is make sure that I’m not serving all brown foods. This fits the bill spectacularly!

  4. 4 Cassie | Bake Your Day Says:
    November 6th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I love crisps! Pear and cranberry are great together too!

  5. 5 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction Says:
    November 7th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    What a great fall dessert! Love the cranberry pear combination!

  6. 6 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 10:03 am

    I have extra cranberry sauce on my hands right now, and pears have been dirt cheap lately… maybe I will have to make myself a little mini crisp… and I think I will have to top it with ice cream. :)

  7. 7 Nicole Underwood Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 2:47 pm


  8. 8 Kate | Food Babbles Says:
    November 8th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I love cranberries and pears together. A crisp is such a fresh easy dessert and this one with some of my favorite flavors looks divine!

  9. 9 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Says:
    November 10th, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Perfect timing, I just picked up my first bag of cranberries this season and was just contemplating what to make, a crisp it is!

  10. 10 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen Says:
    November 11th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    What a great combination! I love when cranberries start appearing at the store…

  11. 11 Shaina Says:
    November 12th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Cranberries and pears and sweet deliciousness. I love that you didn’t pair them with apples, choosing pears instead. Yerm.

  12. 12 jennifurla Says:
    November 12th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    vibrant, gorgeous, tasty

  13. 13 Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! Says:
    November 13th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Such a beautiful dessert! Love the bright colors from the cranberries. I bet it tastes as delicious as it is beautiful!

  14. 14 JulieD Says:
    November 20th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Oh wow, this looks and sounds amazing!!

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