Brown Butter & Almond Pear Crisp

Happy Friday, Everyone! Congratulations on conquering another week of working, cooking, running errands, cleaning, helping your kids with their homework, and everything in between. I’ve been posting mostly healthy recipes as of recent on both here and my Instagram and I figured, it’s time to treat yo’self. It’s been a long, busy week (the first full week back after the holidays) and there’s no better reward than diving into a dish of this crisp on a Friday night. And it just so happens to “pear” (see what I did there?) perfect with a glass of wine. Or spiked cider. Or bourbon…It’s been a rough one, guys 😅

When I made this recipe on Instagram Live, a lot of people were asking what the heck brown butter was. Basically you just melt the butter over medium-low heat, letting it cook and stirring or swirling it around occasionally. Once the butter turns brown, remove from heat. If foam formed on top, remove it with a spoon. Immediately pour into a bowl so the cooking process stops. By doing this to your butter, you achieve a warmer toasted/nutty flavor. It’s so, so good on more than just baked goods, but savory dishes too.

What You’ll Need:
yields 8 servings

Pear Filling:

  • 6 pears, cored and sliced lengthwise (I like a mixture of Bosc and Bartlett)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I used light brown)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour*
  • 1 teaspoon thickening agent, I use arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Crisp Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), plus 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 cup almond flour*
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • about 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt

*all-purpose flour works the same, however I prefer the flavor of almond flour for this particular dish.

  1. Preheat your oven to 375º. In a cast iron skillet, begin browning 1/2 cup of butter. Once the butter has turned brown, immediately remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. Using a mixing bowl, toss the sliced pears with lemon juice and vanilla. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients. Using the same cast iron skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter and add the pears. Cook over medium-low heat until the pears begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the pears and then gently stir using a rubber spatula. Set aside.
  3. In the mixing bowl containing your brown butter, add the oats, almond flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cold butter. Mix with a fork, fluffing the mixture as you go, until it’s crumbly. Pour mixture into an even layer over the pears. Sprinkle sliced almonds evenly over the top.
  4. Bake crisp for 35 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let cool before serving.

My Favorite Toppings

  • Talenti Salted Caramel Gelato
  • French Vanilla or Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • Cool Whip or Homemade Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Sauce

I hope you all enjoy this sweet treat and have the most amazing weekend 😘