Mini Pear Crisps with Berry Sauce


I picked up three beautiful Bartlett pears at the farmers’ market last weekend. I’ve been staring at them since Sunday, patiently waiting for them to become fully ripened. I knew I wanted to do a pear crisp but it was only after baking and tasting a bite that I realized it needed a berry sauce to accompany it. I overbought cherries and blueberries this summer and stocked them away for a special occasion, such as this.

This dish is a lighter version of your typical fruit-based crisp. It’s also lighter than its cousins, Cobbler and Crumble, but no less satisfying. I scaled down on the sugar and fat. It only has 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil in eight servings. As a special treat, I made a blueberry and cherry sauce and allowed the fruits’ natural sweetness to shine through and compliment the pear.

I decided to make the pear crisps mini because all things mini are so cute (but mainly because it helps me not eat the entire crisp in one sitting). I baked them using my muffin pan but I didn’t have any muffin liners (oops) so it wasn’t as useful as I had hoped. I recommend using a muffin pan with liners for easy eating and easy clean-up. It goes really well with espresso. Hope you enjoy it! Happy Cooking!

Mini Pear Crisps with Berry Sauce
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup organic cherries, frozen
  • 1 cup organic blueberries, frozen
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp. agave
  • BASE
  • 4 organic Bartlett pears, peeled and sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. agave
  • ¼ cup quick oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2½ Tbsp. all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1½ Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
  1. BERRY SAUCE:In a small saucepan, add all ingredients. Cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook for another 15-20 minutes, stirring often and adding more water as needed.
  2. BASE:Preheat the oven to 425F. In a medium-sized bowl, combine pear mixture ingredients (pear slices, flour, lemon juice, and agave) and stir well. In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine quick oats, cinnamon, flour, and brown sugar, and stir well. Add oil and stir (it's okay if crumbs appear). Evenly distribute pear mixture into 8 muffin cups. Add topping to each muffin cup, about 1 tablespoon. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden on top. Spoon berry sauce on top and serve warm. Enjoy!

  • Nancy aka SpicieFoodie

    What a great recipe. I love pears and the berry sauce I’m sure tasty just perfect with the pear crip. Lovely shots too.

    • Trish

      Thanks, Nancy :)

  • penny aka jeroxie

    pears and berry sauce. fruity heaven.

  • Anna Johnston

    Hi Trish, I came across your blog through The Foodie BlogRoll so thought I’d say hi. Love your pears & berry sauce, looks wonderful. Great to connect.
    Cheers Anna

    • Trish

      @penny @anna Thanks for reading, guys! The berry sauce really makes this dish special.

  • Katerina

    Hi, first time at your beautiful blog. Your pictures are so beautiful and vivid. Pears and apples are the stars of the season. These little treats look so sweet.

    • Trish

      Thank you so much, Katerina. It’s a work in progress :)

  • Sandra

    Wonderful Recipe! Thank you for posting and sharing!

    • Trish

      Thanks, Sandra!

  • Mrs. Mix It

    This is a great recipe I too make small crisps and crumble but I use a ramekin it seems to work better for me. Thanks for coming by to see my site.

    • Trish

      Ramekins would be perfect, even better than a muffin pan. Unfortunately, I don’t own any ramekins :( Adding them to my list :)

  • Alison

    These photos are simply gorgeous!

  • Sharlene (Wheels and Lollipops)

    Delicious ! Nothing else to add :)

    • Trish

      @alison @sharlene Thanks for reading, guys!

  • Kristy

    That sounds like a great recipe, love the pics!

  • Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox

    The individual crisps are lovely. Very portion smart in a delicious sounding dessert. But that berry sauce just takes it to a whole other level. Brilliant!

  • Suchitra

    Loved the pear crisps and berry sauce recipe- awesome, super sumptuous…

    • Trish

      @kristy @amanda @suchitra When you see mini portions it’s definitely the nutritionist in me coming out :) Glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading!

  • A Little Yumminess

    We have some frozen berries that we can use and of course pears are in season. We love mini anything…esp. this kind of stuff. I love the look and feel of this post!

  • fooddreamer

    Great way to healthify one of my all-time favourite desserts. This looks like the natural sweetness of the fruit is almost all it needs.

    • Trish

      @alittleyumminess @fooddreamer It’s really amazing how the berries provide such a perfect sauce once they are reduced. Enjoy! Thanks for reading!

  • Carolyn Jung

    That’s exactly why I like mini desserts, too. They help curb my otherwise unchecked appetite for sweets. 😉

    • Trish

      Thank you, Carolyn! I’m glad you’re with me on the tiny portions. Thanks for reading :)

  • Mariko

    I love your dishes! Those spoons go so well with that berry sauce.