Pear Crisp with a twist!


Orange Blossom Water subtly perfumes this rustic (chunky!) Pear Crisp / Crumble.

A floral touch to an otherwise traditional dessert.

Pear Crisp – an easy, family favourite dessert.

This pear crumble has quickly become a family favourite in my home.

Succulent baked pears with a crispy, delicately spiced oat topping.

I mean, what’s not to love about a Crumble / Crisp?

They are one of the easiest desserts to make and bake. That is, if you don’t accidentally burn part of the crumbly topping under the grill, whilst you are attempting to focus on what your child is saying to you.

Throughout September after school, said child often asked me to bake Pear Crumble. I don’t give in to dessert requests as much as he, or I would like.

I want to call this a crumble but, traditionally a British crumble doesn’t include oats.

Thankfully many modern day crumble recipes include oats and occasionaly nuts. I adapted my recipe from Taste of Home.

I enjoy the subtle background flavour the orange blossom water (not extract) brings to the pears in the crumble.

Drizzle two teaspoons of OBW over peeled and quartered pears. Too lazy here to bother chopping them any further. Hence the term rustic in the opening line of this post.

I think it could possibly take more orange blossom water. Especially if like me you love orange blossom flavoured sweets. A few examples being: Qalb el louzTcharek msaker and I’m known to add it into my Porridge on a morning.

Love a crisp / crumble during Autumn and want a change from the norm? Try my pear crisp with a twist.

Should you want an even bigger snuggly hug from this dessert, serve it with lashings of warm custard…Thinking out loud: Orange Blossom Custard – now that’s an idea!

Pear Crisp with a twist!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Category: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Servings: 3-4 people

Orange Blossom Water subtly perfumes this rustic (chunky!) Pear Crisp / Crumble. A floral touch to an otherwise traditional dessert.


  • 6 medium Pears, peeled & quartered
  • 2 teaspoons Orange Blossom Water
  • 6 tablespoons old-fashioned Oats
  • 4 tablespoons Plain Flour
  • 4 tablespoons White Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Butter or Margarine, cold


  1. Pre-heat oven 350°f/175°C/gas mark 4.
  2. Place pears in a 1L or 1.5L baking dish/ceramic casserole pot, drizzle with orange blossom water.
  3. In a large bowl combine oats, flour, sugar and spices. Rub in butter until crumbly. At this point you may add 4 tablespoons of chopped nuts. Sprinkle over pears. Bake for 25-30mins until golden and bubbly.
Pear Crisp with a twist!
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