Mini Pear Crisps with Berry Sauce

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
 
Ingredients
  • BERRY SAUCE
  • 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
  • TOPPING
  • ¼ cup quick oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2½ Tbsp. all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1½ Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
Instructions
  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!

 

  • http://spiciefoodie.blogspot.com/ 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 :)

  • http://jeroxie.com/addiction penny aka jeroxie

    pears and berry sauce. fruity heaven.

  • http://thehospitalityguru.com.au 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.

  • http://www.culinaryflavors.blogspot.com 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 :)

  • http://sandraseasycooking.blogspot.com/ Sandra

    Wonderful Recipe! Thank you for posting and sharing!

    • Trish

      Thanks, Sandra!

  • http://www.cooking-underwriter.blogspot.com 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 :)

  • http://www.oldwaystable.org Alison

    These photos are simply gorgeous!

  • http://www.wheelsandlollipops.com Sharlene (Wheels and Lollipops)

    Delicious ! Nothing else to add :)

    • Trish

      @alison @sharlene Thanks for reading, guys!

  • http://www.casualdish.blogspot.com Kristy

    That sounds like a great recipe, love the pics!

  • http://www.bakingwithoutabox.com 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!

  • http://www.indiencooking.blogspot.com 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!

  • http://alittleyum.wordpress.com/ 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!

  • http://dreamaboutfood.blogspot.com 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!

  • http://www.foodgal.com 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 :)

  • http://www.thelittlefoodie.com Mariko

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