Apple Pear Crisp and Pocket Pies!

A warm and bubbly crisp pulled out of the oven is one of those classic comfort desserts that is hard to resist! A great alternative to a homemade apple pie, a crisp is something that can be whipped up in a moments time and before you know it the aroma of fresh baked fruit and cinnamon is enticing your senses!

I decided to use a combination of apples and pears, but feel free to use any kind of stone fruit or even berries. Here’s the recipe:
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit
Topping:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup of toasted sliced almonds
1/4 cup of diced crystallized ginger
Filling:
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
4 pound mixture of apples and pears (6 to 7 large), peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
For the Topping:
Whisk first 4 dry ingredients in medium bowl. Add butter. Working quickly so butter does not soften, rub with fingertips until moist clumps form. Stir in oats, almonds, and ginger. Chill while preparing filling.
For the Filling:
Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk first 4 dry ingredients in large bowl. Add apples and pears and toss, now transfer your fruit mixture to a buttered baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over pear and apple mixture.
Bake until topping is crisp and golden brown and juices are bubbling, about 50 minutes. Serve warm as is or along side a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some fresh whipped cream! Enjoy!
I picked up these cute little pocket pie molds from Williams Sonoma not to long ago with the intention of doing this with my granddaughter. This past Sunday we made pocket pies together.
Just your basic apple pie filling, apples, cinnamon, butter and a little flour to thicken it all, we even used refrigerated pie dough, nothing fancy it was just fun doing it together. You could be really creative with all different kinds of fillings and maybe even making some savory ones.

We used the apple and pumpkin shapes but they also have heart and star molds too. Wouldn’t these be cute as gifts wrapped in cellophane bags and tied with raffia? ( I’m getting so crafty!)
Buon Appetito!
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  1. The pocket pie molds are just so amazing and I would love to get my hands on some!!! The apple crisp is definitely at the top of my winter dessert recipes…as you’ve said…fast, comforting and so…homey!!!

  2. You’ve done it again! You make me drool with just the title. By the time the pics are up, my tongue is hanging out.
    Even the apple peels look lovely!

  3. You’ve just rekindled childhood memories. My mom made apple crisp frequently for us, but she put in so much ground cloves it was soo spicy. I love the addition of the pears and those pocket pies are too cute.

  4. I like the combination of apples and pears in your crisp, Marie. That really says “fall” to me. And what fun to make pocket pies with your granddaughter. Very special memories indeed.

  5. What a delicious apple-pear dessert! The pocket pies look amazing, too. Thanks

  6. What a sweet way to spend time with your granddaughter! The pocket pie molds are so cute and of course your apple pear crisp looks amazing! I love crisps, so tasty, and much easier than making a pie.

  7. How cute, Marie! You’re such a fun grandmother! Everything looks absolutely delicious, as usual. I’ll have to watch for those pie molds.

  8. Love the pocket pie molds, so cute and appealing.

  9. I’m so envious you have the pocket pie molds! I saw them in the William Sonoma catalogue and vowed to buy some (especially since they were the only thing in the catalogue I could afford!)

    You’ve convinced me I must put these on my Christmas list.

  10. We bought those little fired pie pressed too. We have yet to make them but our plan is to make them for the teachers before school let’s out for thanksgiving. I’m so happy to see how easy and great your pies turned out.

  11. Combining apples and pears in a crisp is a good idea. Right time for that as they are in full swing here in California. Ahh, your pocket pies look so cute:)I should buy something for my daughter who loves baking (and making mess) in the kitchen:)

  12. What a wonderful and fun gadget. It’s making the apple pie look more pretty.

  13. The crisp recipe – assuming you are sharing it with readers who intend to make it, is very unclear.. you use words like whisk twice – I kept wondering where were the liquids to whisk and getting confused…. also, assembling the crisp seems confusing and incorrect!
    Rita H

  14. I can smell the wonderful aromas from here!

    Love those pockets. Cute cute cute.

    Marie, you should join Foodbuzz, it is a lot of fun, and the people are awesome. Then we can hang out together at the next festival!
    LL

  15. Great crisp of apples & pears Marie, and those pocket pies look awesome and fun!

  16. Those molds are cunning, Marie. What a fun project to do with kids.
    I made a crisp this week, too. Tis the crisp season, for sure. I would love a taste of yours!

  17. I just bought the heart shaped pocket pie maker on sale at Williams-Sonoma.com! I htought I’d use it on Valentine’s Day to make a surprise dessert for my hubby.

    Today was a perfect day for a crisp! When can I come over for dessert? :-)

  18. those look great Marie… I love this time of year. So much to make and eat!

  19. I love the crisp, it looks wonderful! I saw the molds they’re site and was thinking about getting them but didn’t, now I want them!!

  20. Love the crisp, Marie and the apple pockets look great too. What a great project to do with your granddaughter.

  21. I LOVE pear apple crisp. It’s one of my favorite desserts!

  22. These molds are fabulous. I can only imagine the creations that could come from it besides yours.

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