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Pear Crisp with Vanilla Brown Butter

Pear Crisp with Vanilla Brown Butter

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings


For topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 stick unsalted butter melted and cooled

For filling

  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 lb firm-ripe Anjou or Bartlett pears – peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pear brandy or eau-de-vie


Make topping:

  • Pulse together flour, almonds, brown sugar, and salt in a food processor until nuts are finely chopped. Add butter and pulse just until blended. Coarsely crumble in a shallow baking pan and chill at least 1 hour.

Make filling and bake crisps:

  • Preheat oven to 425°F with rack in middle.
  • Scrape seeds from vanilla bean into a small heavy saucepan, then add pod and butter and cook over medium-low heat, swirling pan occasionally, until butter is browned and fragrant, about 4 minutes.
  • While butter browns, stir together sugars, flour, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add pears and brandy and toss to combine.
  • Discard vanilla pod, then toss butter with pear mixture. Spoon filling into 6 gratin dishes and sprinkle with topping, mounding it slightly in centers. Put in a shallow baking pan and bake 30 minutes, then rotate baking sheet and bake until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes more. Cool to warm or room temperature on a rack.
Course Dessert
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

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Thursday 3rd of December 2009

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Saturday 21st of November 2009

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