Marie’s Pear-Cranberry Crisp

Day 155 of 365

This year, our little pear tree gave us some beautiful pears, really for the first time. We have had a few pears in the past, but this year, that little Asian pear tree gave us quite a few little treasures. They were, truly, the most beautiful things to me. We had some for gifts, some to treasure fresh, and then I had some left that I wanted to use to make something super special.

Our neighbor Marie is one of those humans you just admire from the moment you meet her, and after nearly 12 years of being her neighbor, I have come to admire her more and more with each passing year. She’s an organic master gardener, a retired preschool teacher, the mother of nine children, and a grandmother so devoted she is a marvel. She is also a fantastic cook, and just in time to do something marvelous with the beautiful pears our little pear tree gave us this year, from another kind neighbor, I received a copy of Marie’s recipe for Pear-Cranberry Crisp. I double checked with Marie to make sure it was okay to share this, and she granted permission. I am grateful, and if you are able to make this, you will be too.

I promise you this crisp is a dream. When I first tasted it, I actually said out loud, “I can’t believe how good this is.” Yeah, it’s that good. And it’s beautiful. Of course, anything with pears and cranberries is going to be beautiful. I hope you enjoy.

Marie’s Pear-Cranberry Crisp


4 1/2 to 5 cups sliced pears
2 1/2 cups cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter (cubed)
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup sliced almost (optional)


Toss pears, cranberries, and white sugar into a 2 to 3 quart baking dish. Mix brown sugar, flour, butter cubes, oats, and almonds if you are adding them) together and spring on top of the pear-cranberry mixture. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes.

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