Pear Crumble (or is it a crisp?)

This pear crumble is everything that you could ask for and more in a dessert. It’s warm and inviting and bursting with flavor.

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States and I always equate that with indulging in the most wonderful food and desserts possible.

The thing is, I generally don’t make the dinner. My sister-in-law does. I’m solely responsible for a side dish (which was always a vegan butternut squash risotto). So I don’t actually have much experience with the main dish. And since turkey isn’t actually FAILSAFE, there’s no real need to post about that.

(Side bar: If you’re in charge of Thanksgiving for your family, might I recommend a delicious Whole Roasted Chicken in the Instant Pot instead?)

And since I’m not doing butternut squash thisyear, my sister-in-law requested that I make us “sensitive” folks some desserts. (She’s gluten, dairy, and soy free.) I’ve been toying with several ideas like marble cake (super yum), chayote brownies (super duper yum), or donuts of some kind (not always yum). And while all of those options would be delightful, one dessert that seriously tops them all is the pear crumble (or is it a crisp??). I made it a few weeks back and made an audible groan when I took my first bite.

Funnily enough, so did The Big Kid and The Husband.

The Little Kid wasn’t awake yet, so she didn’t get to weigh in.

Trust me when I say this dessert is good. As in, you’re going to want to eat the entire pan in one sitting good. I totally would have if my family didn’t get their spoons into the mix. (Damn them.)

So do yourself a favor this Thanksgiving (and every other day in between) and stock up on pears. And as soon as they are ripe, make yourself a batch.

You’re welcome.

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 60 mins Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 6 Calories: 476 kcal


This pear crumble is everything that you could ask for and more in a dessert. It’s warm and inviting and bursting with flavor.


For the crumble topping:


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Grease a 1.5 QT baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cut pears, sugar, citric acid, and flour. Stir until pears are fully coated. Pour into baking dish.
  3. In the same bowl, add in flour, oats, sugar, salt, oil, and water. Mix with a wooden spoon. The topping should be wet but still crumbly. Spread topping evenly over pears.
  4. Transfer baking dish to oven and bake for 45-60 minutes or until topping has become crispy.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. (Delicious with or without a dollop of (failsafe) vanilla ice cream.)
Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 476kcal


This recipe is FAILSAFE and RPAH Elimination Diet friendly. It is also gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, corn free, and low salicylate. It’s also vegan and vegetarian. 

Keywords: dairy free, failsafe, gluten free, low salicylate, oats, pear, rpah elimination diet, soy free, vegan, vegetarian

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