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In this Cardamom Pear Crisp, bartlett pears are seasoned with cinnamon and cardamom and topped with a brown sugar oat crumble topping.

Cardamom Pear Crisp

I have recently decided that there is no better Fall scent than cardamom and cinnamon.

Ever since I bought some dried green cardamom pods for a Moroccan roasted lamb shank, I have had more ideas for cardamom scented baked goods than days in Fall. The scent is intoxicating and relaxing all at the same time. I sneak little sniffs from the container in the kitchen all day. I know it’s kinda weird. Don’t tell.

I opened the container for my husband to take a sniff and he said, “I want to make a pillow out of that.” Indeed. A pillow. Good idea. Or a pear upside down cake.

Or a pear crisp…

Cardamom Pear Crisp
apple hand pie broken open on parchment paper.
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The warm flavors of the cardamom and cinnamon intermingle with the brown sugar crisp and toasted pecans for a flavorful fruit dessert that still highlights the pears!

And, while this cardamom pear crisp generously serves two, you aren’t going to want to share after your first bite! It is warm and comforting and will make you want to cozy up in a blanket next to the fire with a good book.

Or at least that’s how it made me feel!

Cardamom Pear Crisp

I used the crisp topping that I created for these Peach Crisp Cupcakes to see if it would work on a larger scale. And does it! It crisped perfectly on top but was still soft!

You could also use the brown sugar oat topping from this easy apple crisp recipe or even this brown sugar streusel!

Cardamom Pear Crisp

The proportions are also very easy to adjust for one, which makes this cardamom pear crisp the perfect anytime treat!

Cardamom Pear Crisp
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Cardamom Pear Crisp

In this Cardamom Pear Crisp, Bartlett pears are seasoned with cinnamon and cardamom and topped with a brown sugar oat crumble topping.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people


For the Crisp Topping:

For the Pear Filling:


Make your crisp topping:

  • Preheat your oven to 350℉ and ready two small pie dishes or a small baking dish (see Helpful Tools note).
  • Combine all topping ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until the butter has coated everything. The mixture should be crumbly but not dry. If yours is a touch dry, add a bit more butter. Be careful, because too much butter will make the topping greasy. Taste test. Sigh with pleasure. You can keep this covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator until needed.

Prepare your filling:

  • Core and chop pears into a medium dice. I did not peel mine and I loved the added flavor and texture. The most important thing is that the pieces are relatively uniform in size.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the chopped pears with all the remaining filling ingredients. Pour into your baking dish. I find that it's helpful to do a quick taste test before I add my cornstarch.
  • Remove the crisp topping from the fridge and crumble over the top of the entire dish, squeezing the mixture as you go so that it forms some large and small crumbles. If you don’t want to use all the topping, that is fine. It will keep, covered tightly in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for a week.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25-45 minutes or until the filling is bubbling and the topping is crisp!
  • Let cool 10 minutes before digging in! Top with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!


Let’s get into it like a PROFESSIONAL CHEF:

Presentation Bonus points for serving this crisp with a mound of vanilla bean ice cream or a generous spoonful of vanilla bean anglaise.
Flavor Tips Taste your fruit for sweetness. You might want more or less sugar depending on the ripeness of the pears. I like to mix and then taste to get a real indication of how the flavors will meld. Lemon is King in Pear Crisp Land. This is the linchpin. Lemon has a magical quality that allows it to enhance all other flavors.
Technique – The key to a thicker filling here is to make sure it bakes long enough! Wait to take the crisp out of the oven until after you can see the filling bubbling. More is more when it comes to the crisp topping. The beauty of this recipe is that it allows for some to sink in and absorb some of the pear juices and some to stay on top and get nice and crispy.
Helpful Tools – If you are unsure what size baking dish to use, cut up your pears first and then dump them into a dish that you think will work best. They should come almost to the top. Sometimes I use a pastry blender to make my butter topping crumbly, homogenous, and clumpy. But, you could also do this by hand, in a food processor or in a stand mixer if you so choose.
Variations – This recipe serves 2 people generously, but if you would like to make it for a group, double the recipe and then bake it in a 9” pyrex baking dish. The proportions are also very easy to adjust for one, which is kinda lovely. You could add some warming spices based on your preferences, my grandmother is where the cinnamon inspiration came from!
Storage – Bake ahead, cool and then freeze for one month. Alternatively, refrigerate leftovers for up to seven days. The streusel topping can be made in advance and refrigerated for 7 days or frozen for up to one month.


Calories: 731kcal | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 74g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 731
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Cardamom Pear Crisp
Cardamom Pear Crisp

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  1. This is such a fun and different twist from the usual-apple crisp you see this time of year. I LOVE pears, especially with a ton of homey comforting spices! I could totally go for a ginormous bowlful of this right about now! 🙂

  2. This looks incredible and I’m so excited because I just plucked 3 organic pears from my Mom’s tree 🙂 Pinned!

    1. Thanks for the pin, Natasha! Fresh picked pears in this crisp sounds divine!! I need a magic garden like you!

  3. First, I love your little dishes you used for the crisp. Second, I really love that you used green cardamom in your pear crisp – it’s one of my most favorite spices and I bet it was so yummy.

    1. Those dishes are Emile Henry mini pie dishes! Multi-purpose. Thanks! It was definitely very yummy! It’s now one of my favorite spices too!

  4. I’ve never had cardamom before but just bought some on my last shopping trip. I can’t wait to try it in this recipe. I just love fruit crisps! Pinning

    1. Thanks for the pin, Cindy!! You are going to LOVE it! And now that you have cardamom in your cupboard, you are going to want to add it to everything…mark my words!

  5. Woah! My wife was literally just telling me I should use cardamom in a recipe. And then I open up my email and see this amazing crisp. I think you are stalking me, Lindsey. Of course, if you were stalking me while carrying this crisp, I don’t think I would mind. Can we make that happen?? Thanks for sharing!

    1. Haha so now you are asking me to stalk you with this crisp?! Or maybe your wife an I are just in cahoots…you’ll never know! I can’t wait to see what you use it in!

  6. Oh i love fruit crumbles and crisps – this looks so lovely! What a great dessert to serve to dinner guests – and with an oversized dollop of ice cream? Now your talking 😉

    1. Thanks, Jess! It really is a great dessert to serve guest! The huge scoop of ice cream is absolutely necessary! Who wants a tiny, pathetic one?

  7. This looks incredible Lindsey! I love fruit crisps and this pear one sounds fantastic especially with cardamom 🙂 I’m drooling over the topping too – I don’t think there’s ever such thing as too much crumb topping 🙂

  8. I agree with you Lindsey –> there is no better Fall scent than cardamom and cinnamon. And I was totally dreaming about curling up in a blanket, next to a fire with a good book. And, no, there can never be to much topping on a crisp like this. Neveh! Girl, you and I are sssooo much alike. 🙂 I like that.

    1. If only I had a fireplace…and some cold weather. Excuse me while I go to to see what flights are like to Seattle! {HUGS}