Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cardamom-Scented Pear Crisp

Hi Everyone! The Food Matter’s Project members are baking up something oh-so-good this week. Camilla, author of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, picked a heavenly recipe: Cardamom-Scented Pear Crisp. Thank you Camilla, for choosing something so simple and so wonderful!

I love pears! They are great eaten as they are, of course. But they are also awesome in grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, pies, and tarts. I also happen to love pies and tarts, but as much as I love them, I find the process of making the dough a little tedious and it tests my patience (with the refrigerating to firm up the dough and all). When you make fruit crisps, you don’t have to deal with that! Butter, sugar, flour, and oats just get mixed together, sprinkled on top of the fruit slices, and bam, it’s ready to bake. In Mark Bittman’s recipe, which you will find in Camilla’s blog, walnuts are added in the crisp, which adds an awesome nutty crunch. 

Since this is a pear crisp, you will need a lot of pears. You know how pears can sometimes be hit or miss? Like sometimes, they are perfectly juicy and sweet and sometimes they need to sit around for a few days before they are ready? Well, you don’t need to worry about that in this recipe, once the pears cook in the oven, they will tenderize and turn out just fine! 

The cardamom flavored pear slices are just lovely. Cardamom adds warmth and spice to the pears and lets it take on an exotic feel. The crisp topping is perfect! I have never successfully made fruit crisps because the topping never turns out the way I want it to… this one turned out just right: crunchy, nutty, buttery, powdery, sweet, and everything good. Need I say more? 

This is a great dessert that everyone will surely love. It is delicious and healthy (no copious amounts of flour, sugar, and butter). Plus, it’s super easy to make!

For the original Mark Bittman recipe, head on over to Camilla’s blog. AND don’t forget to check out other FMP members’ take on this one at our website

Happy Monday you guys!


  1. So glad you loved this! I loved it, too.

  2. Love crisp! That thick layer of golden crisp layer is just irresistible!

  3. Looks great Margie! Maybe I will have time later in the week to try this.

  4. Good one! Glad you liked this recipe as well. I like the crunch too, and not having to deal with dough is definitely a plus in my book!


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