While apple picking season in New England has come to a close, there are still so many different tasty apple varieties at the grocery store and farmers market. I wanted to make something fall-esque so I decided to make an apple pear crisp (I had some ripe pears at home already – don’t you love when that happens?!). It made the apartment smell amazing and it was a tasty dessert!
Adapted from Inspired Taste
Ingredients for Filling:
6 medium apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I used several different kinds of apples – some green, some red)
2 pears, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Ingredients for Topping:
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar + 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted (1 stick)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a rectangular dish with PAM or butter it up.
2. Core apples then cut them up into small/medium size pieces. Peel and chop up the pears. Add apples and pears to a large bowl with orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Stir then add to baking dish.
3. To make the topping, combine flour, sugar, oats and the salt in a medium bowl. I also added a little shake of cinnamon to the topping to add something a little extra. Add the melted butter or margarine then stir until all the flour has been moistened by the butter and topping is crumbly. Sprinkle over apple/pear filling. I typically use my hands for this part – it is just easier and more fun!
4. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until juices are thickened, the apples and pears are tender and the topping is golden brown.