Mama’s Pear Crisp


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With an abundance of pears between us lately, Mama and I have been preserving and cooking up a storm! I hope you have had a chance to try my Chewy Pear Bars that I posted earlier this week because those have become a definite favorite across the board between my family, my parents, and my grandparents. Today I’m bringing you Mama’s Pear Crisp, which has been another big hit. The great thing about this recipe is that it is REALLY BIG on fruit and has just the right touch of crumbly brown sugar topping to set it off. This crisp isn’t overly sweet, but just right.

If you don’t have pears, apples will work as well.

I’ll spare you a long winded story today because I have to get this post up and then get to cleaning out closets! I’m so excited. For the first time in our lives together, my husband and I are about to have nice floors in our house. We’ve always had really bad floors, no matter where we lived. Well this morning we made  a deposit on new flooring. It will be installed in about two weeks or so. We’re not doing the whole house just yet, but the living room, kitchen, and hallways are about to be transformed! We’ve dreamed of doing this for so long that I’m still holding my breath thinking it may not happen – but I’ve paid for it so it will happen, right? ~exhales~ I’ll keep you posted and you know I’ll have to share pictures! We bought home a sample over the weekend and my daughter had a grand time “sock skating” on it. I told her the whole living room will be a sock skating rink soon. I can just see the start of the Jordan Family Olympics….

Okay, so let’s make some Pear Crisp! 

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You’ll need: Cinnamon, Pears, Butter, Quick Oats, Brown Sugar, and a little bit of All Purpose Flour and White Sugar.

This recipe calls for a lot of pears, about 8 cups peeled and chopped, so just get however many you have and plan on having enough to fill up the dish once you’re done prepping them.

And by “Prepping” I mean peeling and dicing, not making them wear izod.

Spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray.

Peel and dice all of your pears and place in your 8×8 dish.

This isn’t the full eight cups the recipe called for but it was the number of pears I had out and at this point I already had a blister from my paring knife because I’d peeled so many over the past week, so I got all of these done and decided that was good enough. I could have peeled and chopped two or three more, but I could also ride down into the Grand Canyon on a donkey’s back or learn to yodel.  One of those three things seems a lot more fun and I’m not saying which one but it doesn’t have to do with donkeys or pears.


Sprinkle your flour, sugar, and cinnamon over the pears in your baking dish.

Stir them up until well coated.

Now, as our pears release their juices while the bake, those juices will be automatically thickened, lightly sweetened, and perfectly spiced. :)

Isn’t Mama smart?

In a medium bowl place your oats, brown sugar (light or dark, whatever you have), cinnamon, and butter. 

Cut that together with a long tined fork until it looks something like this.

Sprinkle that over your pears.

Like this

Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes.

Serve hot on it’s own, drizzled with caramel, or topped with ice cream :)

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Mama’s Pear Crisp
  • 8 cups sliced, peeled pears (about 8-10 medium sized pears)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (dark or light, I prefer dark)
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray. Peel and dice pears and place in dish. Place white sugar, flour, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon on top of pears and stir until well coated.
  2. In medium bowl place oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Cut together with a long tined fork until well blended and crumbly. Sprinkle over top of pears.
  3. Bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes. Serve hot on it's own, drizzled with caramel, or topped with vanilla ice cream.


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  1. Debbie Strum says

    New flooring? Woo-HOO! So happy for ya! Wait a minute…have you had the wheel fixed on your cabinet/work island yet? That messed up your kitchen floor, right? BTW…the pear crisp looks delish! Can’t wait to try it, so I think I’ll put pears on my shopping list for next week!

  2. Lois Cockrell says

    This looks so good! This is going to be on my table soon. I got the taste of the South issue yesterday and really enjoyed your recipes. I had just seen the slushie apple cider when my daughter called and started talking about apples and said how much she missed the slushie cider she had at a spot they visited. It was so much fun to read her your instructions. Thank you. Great picture by the way.

  3. denise says

    I am anxious to try your pear bars as well as this crisp. Looks easy, delish and I’m hungry for some good cookin’. thanks for your wonderful stories, special quotes and recipes. I’m glad I stumbled your way!

  4. Joan says

    This is very much like my mother’s recipe. I did a bit of a change on it … I combine the pears with apples. Wonderful!

    Lots of work coming to your house. Hope everything gets done exactly the way you want it done!

  5. Sheila/Panama City says

    What a great incentive to prompt closet-cleaning!! Did that myself earlier this year for new flooring! Love your recipes and especially the ones for autumn which is my very favorite time of year! You are a blessing!

  6. Naomi Satterfield says

    Made the pear bars. So good. Now another pear recipe to try. Between peeling, cutting, etc for weeks, my kitchen is just about to resemble a kitchen again and not an orchard, grin- Everyone knows I can’t stand to see anything wasted, so of course they bring to me,not that I mind. I love it. Thanks again for some wonderful recipes and I know the flooring will look great. Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Cheryl says

    New Flooring-Woo Hoo!!! How wonderful for you! My husband (57 yrs) and I (47 yrs) just bought our 1 st home in March and the carpet in the LR ,DR and hall was not good and so before we moved in had the carpets removed in hopes to get hardwoods. That still hasn’t happened yet – well I have “hardwood” (plywood) but not the pretty stuff. Take before and after pictures for us! I know you are excited! CONGRATS!!!

    • says

      Oh my goodness, you sound about like us! We have carpet but it is really horrid and I keep having all of these magazine folks coming to take photos in my kitchen! the floor in there is ripped pretty bad, it’s vinyl. I’m really so excited I get butterflies just thinking about it, but I also hate being this excited because I’m so afraid of the disappointment if it doesn’t happen! I know that is ridiculous since we’ve already paid for it but still! I will sooo take photos for you and I hope you get yours soon!!! We are going with laminate over hardwood, partly because of price and partly because of how easy it was for our dogs to scratch the hardwood samples :)

  8. Deanna Loden says

    Careful with the sock skating, Katy Rose. That landed my little girl in the ER way back when she was four! Then again, you can’t live in fear! Lol. Oh yeah, and “izod?” Thats too funny.

  9. Margaret J says

    It is funny. I think of you as being a ” celebrity” with your blog, cookbooks, and your magazine and tv contributions, but you are such a normal down-to-earth person. You are excited about flooring! I love that! I don’t know if I am conveying my thoughts well, but you are a true and real person. It is nice to be a part of your world!

  10. Emily says

    This looks good. Pears always intimidate me so I usually only buy the crazy pricey Harry & David’s kind around Christmas as a gift to myself. (Thank you, Self, you are so generous!) But I might try this. Do the pears need to be soft or can they be hard like an apple?

  11. dragongirl says

    All I can say is mmmmmm….you’re Momma sure is a smart one! Can’t wait to try it, but will have to do apples since I’m not much of a cooked pear kind of person. Dunno why – I LOVE fresh pears and even canned ones, but I’ve never liked them cooked. I’m thinking apple-blueberry? I have to finish off the banana bread you made me make first tho…hahahaha. Thanks for all you do for us – you SURE are deserving of new flooring and I can feel your excitement thru the computer screen! YAY for the Jordans! Now git to work cleanin, girl! *smiles*

  12. Doris Flowers says

    As a young girl, many years ago, my Dad had lots of pear trees. My Mom was a great cook and she fixed pears many ways, but the best was her pear preserves. I still make those when and if I find some pears. The good ones in the stores just don’t work for preserves. And I thoroughly do remember how hard they are to peel. Know you’ll enjoy your new floors. My son keeps telling me I need to redo my floors, but guess I’m just too old to go through the hassle. Keep up the good work you’re doing.

  13. PAMELA says


  14. says

    Ok get ready to dust for the next three months – it is such a mess. We did the whole house two years ago (slate in the kitchen and hardwoods everywhere else except the bathrooms which we tiled). It’s amazing how much work it is to pack everything up and then unpack it all and all of the dust BUT IT IS SO WORTH IT!!!! You will cherish the new floors! Only downside is you will want to have people over to see them so better get ready making some more pear crisp to share!

  15. BECKY MC DOWELL says

    I have some fresh local peaches sitting on my counter now that I will use this recipe for (we had a cold, wet spring & summer here in the Pacific Northwest so much of the fruit is very late).

  16. Lynda Agen says

    Christy, some days you make me laugh out loud and some days you bring tears to my eyes ~ Thank You!!!
    I’m going to make this for relatives today, got a lot of wonderful pears and this looks like a splendid way to use some.
    Thanks again, really enjoy your writtings.
    Hugs to You!

  17. Crystal says

    We just had ceramic tile put down in living room, kitchen, dining room, hallways and bathroom. There was a LOT of moving of furniture involved, but sooo worth it! Got my kitchen remodeled and knocked out a wall to make a dining room. I am looking forward to trying out some new recipes…this one looks wonderful!

  18. says

    My love for pears knows no bounds and this looks so, so good! Will definitely make it next time I get a bunch of pears. It seems like my favorite foods never make it into recipes though because I love them so much on their own! I’ve only made a pear crumble once and it sure was good but they’re so nice alone too. Anyway, thanks for the recipe and congrats on the new flooring! I’d imagine it’s all installed. How wonderful 😀

  19. Yvonne says

    Good luck with your new flooring. I sure it will be beautiful. Not so much fun to go through all that construction but sure is nice when it’s over.
    Gonna try to make this this weekend.

  20. Debra H says

    Used this recipe as a guide to make apple crisp. (I had a few apples and oatmeal left over from Christmas.) So I obviously subbed apples in place of the pears, used a dash of cardamom in with the cinnamon, and most importantly I used packets of instant Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal in place of the plain oatmeal. It turned out to be the best apple crisp I have ever made!!

  21. Judy Stewart says

    I saw this recipe recently (thanks for the repost) and remembered I have frozen pear slices from last fall. My neighbor does not like pears and let me pick hers. I made it with two quart bags of pears. A lot of the juice was released from the frozen pears as they defrosted. I poured about half of it back in with the pears; I wasn’t sure if I should put any or all back in but it came out good. There was not much crisp so maybe there was too much liquid in my pears.

    I can see from the comments above that all kinds of adjustments can be made.

    The pear crisp lasted less than 24 hours in this house of four! Great recipe, thank you!

  22. Kathi says

    Yum,yum-going down memory lane again. Whatever fruit was handy was what my grandmother used and she always shared with my mom. I can remember when a family friend had pear trees and they knew my mother canned and frozen veggies and mentioned to her that they did not want them and come get them or they would waste. The word waste was a red letter word to my mother and I helped her can those pears, (what we did not eat and make something like this). It was such good eating during the winter.

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