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Lemon Cardamon Pear Crisp

Lemon Cardamom Pear Crisp ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #recipe

I hope you’re not tired of pear recipes yet, because I still have a couple beauties I want to share with you.  I tried browning the butter for this crisp and I liked the taste of it, but it does change the texture of the topping. If you want your crisp to be more like the traditional crisp topping, skip browning the butter and just cut the cold butter into the topping. The crisp will still taste wonderful.

My “gift pears” are all gone and the trees are bare now, but I’m thinking maybe I should go buy some more pears because I’m not quite finished with my pear obsession. There are still some ideas floating about in my head for more fun things to do with pears that I think I maybe ought to try. What do you think? Would you like to see more pear recipes?

Lemon Cardamon Pear Crisp

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: About 8 servings

Lemon 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.


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

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Lemon Cardamom Pear Crisp ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #dessert #recipe

This recipe was shared at Tuesday’s Table, Tapas Tuesday Happy HourWonderful Food WednesdayWine’d Down WednesdayFull Plate ThursdayThursday’s Treasures, Scrumptious Sunday, Weekend PotluckInspiration MondayMunching MondayDesserts Only Link Party and What to Do Weekends.

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12 Responses

  1. Lemon and Cardamon and Pear! Love this combination! I have to try your recipe!


    October 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    • Ann

      Nettie I’m so glad you’re going to try it! They are marvelous together 🙂

      October 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

  2. This is such a perfect dessert for the season, and I love the addition of cardamon, a rarely used seasoning that adds such punch.

    October 25, 2013 at 9:08 am

    • Ann

      Thanks Lulu! I adore cardamom but I’ve found some people don’t really know what it is … it’s an essential ingredient in my favorite tea (chai) so I just love to bake with it too. 🙂

      October 25, 2013 at 6:54 pm

  3. I have some ripe pears that will be headed for this delicious recipe. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    October 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

  4. Mmm your crisp looks wonderful and the flavors sound just delicious! The perfect dessert for this time of year!

    October 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm

  5. I love cardamom and I love crisps. This sounds right up my alley!

    I’m stopping by from Inspiration Monday.

    Lauren @ imperfectandfabulous.blogspot.com

    October 27, 2013 at 7:42 pm

  6. Melanie (Reasons to Skip The Housework)

    Holy cow…this looks delicious! Would love you to come link up to our desserts only party~! DELISH! http://theinspiration-network.com/delish-8-desserts-link-party/

    October 31, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks Melanie! Absolutely I’d love to. Thanks for the invite 🙂

      November 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

  7. Featured and pinned. Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe!! Linda

    October 31, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much Linda!!!

      November 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

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