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Caramel Pear Crisp

Caramel Pear Crisp
Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

To celebrate the immediate joy of sweet, tender pears, I created a crisp that’s ready to serve in a little over an hour. It’s perfect for surprise guests or an impatient craving for a warm, from-scratch dessert. Since I already ... Read more


  • 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

Caramel Pears

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 firm Bartlett pears (2 ½ pounds), peeled, halved and cored
The crisp mixture can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days before use.


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