Pear Crisp: Breakfast For Grown-ups

Pear CrispBreakfast or dessert? I’ve asked this question before. Since I’m a grown-up, I’ve decided that it’s breakfast.

When I was a kid, I remember looking forward to being one of the grown-ups and being able to make my own decisions about things just like this. Because in the greater scheme of life, shouldn’t I be able to eat what I want for breakfast? Now is certainly the time to reap the benefits.

Last Sunday, I salvaged some subpar pears by baking with them. The inspiration for the crisp came from the apple crisp recipe shared by Amy Traverso. I made several changes, but her recipe served as a nice framework.

I cut the ingredient amounts in half, so it worked for the amount of pears that I had. I left the skins mostly on, but removed some of it because of brown spots. I changed the sugar to half brown and for the other half decided to finally use this coconut sugar that I bought about a while ago. I was a bit concerned that it might taste like coconut, but I didn’t notice it.

I used regular salt instead of kosher. Instead of all cinnamon, I used some cardamom too. For the flour, I keep a mixture of all-purpose and wheat in a container that I use for everything. It’s not measured, but it’s mostly all-purpose.

The crisp was really good and G loved it. He said, “That’s what grown-ups eat!” I happen to agree.

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Pear Crisp
(4 servings)


  • 3 cups pears (cut up)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom


Place the pears in an ungreased baking dish, then set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugars. Combine ingredients, then stir in egg. It will be crumbly. Spread the mixture over the pears. Drizzle the melted butter over the top. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and cardamom.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. You should probably let it sit and cool for a few minutes before cutting it. But we were hungry and watching CBS Sunday Morning as we were waiting for the crisp to finish baking.

Once it was done, I took a few quick pictures and we ate it. Because sometimes grown-ups are as impatient as kids!

Happy November to you!