Brown butter pear crisp

Brown butter pear crispIf Julia Child taught us anything, it’s that butter makes everything better. And I think I might have found something that’s even better than regular butter: brown butter. It brings a rich nuttiness to whatever you’re making–especially sweets.

I’m a sucker for crisps, and although it’s not currently the autumn season where you can find crisps everywhere you go, it’s always a good time to make a simple, sumptuous fruit crisp. This recipe comes from one of my favorite food blogs–two peas & their pod. It calls for pears, but you can use any of your favorite fruits instead.



Pear filling:

6 cups pears (peeled, cored and chopped)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Brown butter crisp topping:

½ cup butter, plus 2 tablespoons cold butter
1¼ cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar

Brown butter pear crispDirections:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pears, lemon juice, and vanilla. Toss to coat the pears.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugars, flour, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the pears and stir until combined.
  4. Pour the pear mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Set aside.
  5. In a small saucepan, melt ½ cup of the butter over medium-low heat and continue to cook, swirling occasionally, until the butter turns a golden brown color. Skim foam from the top, and remove from the heat. Pour the butter into a bowl to stop the cooking, leaving any burned gritty pieces behind. Let cool.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Pour the browned butter over the mixture and stir well. Add in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cold butter and mix until crumbly. Pour the mixture evenly over the pears.
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the crumble topping is golden brown and the crisp is bubbling around the edges.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

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