This Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp recipe is the perfect dessert for the entire family and any time of year, especially for Thanksgiving. Perfectly tender halved pears baked to perfection on a sheet pan and topped with a pecan, oats + spices mixture for a nice crunch. Every bite is breath-taking and full of warmth. Gluten-free + Vegan options.
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I seriously can't get enough of this Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp. It's a really nice switch up from my usual go to's---- Salted Caramel Apple Crisp and Vegan Baked Cinnamon Caramel Apples. Honestly, I feel like pears are such an underrated fruit, however, I've been enjoying them lately especially in dessert form. The great thing about pears are that they can easily be added to dishes much like apples. Also, there are different types of pears, but I love using Bartlett pears, which have more of a classic flavor, smooth, and buttery. SO good!
Plus, this pear is a family favorite in my house and I couldn't agree more that it's worth every bit of time that it takes to make this.
How to Make Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp
I love creating foods and sweets with a healthy twist without compromising flavor. If you’ve tried some of my other work, you’ll know that I’m always rooting for real, organic stuff as ingredients. I’m also always trying to come up with dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan versions of your favorite recipes! This Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp is no different.
Things you need to know about some of the key ingredients in this Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp:
Pears. Beautiful touch of warmth. These will be roasted to perfection. I like to use Bartlett pears, however, you can use your favorite type.
Olive oil. Helps to caramelize the pears as they bake. You can also use coconut oil or Grapeseed oil instead.
Spices (Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, + Cloves). For warming fall flavor to compliment the pears.
Brown Sugar. Make sure it’s organic for vegan.
Maple syrup. I always use pure maple syrup as a great sweetener option.
Sea Salt. to balance out the sweetness of apples and brown sugar.
Vanilla. Another important flavor boost to this crisp.
Butter. No need to have the butter at room temperature. You will be melting it partially for the topping.
Thick Cut Rolled Oats. Choose gluten-free if necessary.
Flour. Used for the creation of the topping.
Ice cream. I love adding a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream (make your own or use a store-bought version). You can also use whipped cream or greek yogurt as well.
Why You’ll Love This Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp
It's very easy to whip together and uses minimal staple ingredients.
Ready in a little more than 1 hour and WORTH THE WAIT.
Warm and comforting sweetness + spices with every bite.
Comes with a gluten-free option for those with a gluten sensitivity.
Perfectly halved pears that are ultra tender and soft when baked.
Nicely crisp topping made from brown sugar, pecans, + oats.
Makes for the perfect sweet treat for the entire family, even on Thanksgiving.
SHOP MY FAVORITE BAKEWARE ITEMS AND ACCESSORIES, ESPECIALLY FOR THIS CRISP!
Anjou --- They are squatty with a round bell shape, short neck, and thick stem. One of the most popular pears in the United States because of their long shelf life and versatility, they are basic, all-purpose pears, great for snacking, cooking, or baking.
Bosc --- They are oblong with an elegant elongated neck and long curved stem. Also, considered juicy but crunchy and retain their flavor and shape when cooked or baked.
Forelle --- They are green and yellow with hints of pink. Also, they are considered to be very sweet, with a flesh that is slightly firmer than most other pears.
Concorde --- They are juicy, with a vanilla-like flavor and smooth texture, these pears are crisp right after harvest and soften as they ripen. In addition, they hold both shape and flavor as they are naturally slow to oxidize after being cut.
Benefits of Oats!?
If you aren’t familiar, oats are super nutritious! They include a great source of carbs, fiber (the soluble kind!), protein, and fat. In addition, they are loaded with important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant.
Other great benefits:
They can help to lower cholesterol.
Improves Blood Sugar levels.
May help with losing weight.
Great alternative for skincare.
Helps to relieve constipation.
How to Make the Topping for Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp
In a bowl, add the raw pecans, oats, flour, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, and butter, stirring until combined using a spatula. Mix until everything looks moist and "sticks" together. That simple.
For an extra crunch, you can choose to add additional nuts such as Walnuts or Hazelnuts. Reduce the pecans to ½ cup and add the nuts as other ½ cup.
Common FAQs for Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp
When it comes to making this Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp or ANY baked pear related dessert for that matter, here are a few things that are often asked and here are my findings and answers to those questions:
DOES THE SKIN HAVE TO BE REMOVED OFF THE PEARS?
Honestly, I like to sometimes keep on the skin (like in this recipe) and sometimes I peel it, when making a more traditional crisp. The only difference between the two is the texture and consistency, which doesn't truly bother me. If you prefer a particular texture, definitely peel!
HOW LONG DOES ROASTED PEARS TAKE TO BAKE?
Generally, they take about 40-45 minutes for everything to bubble and become golden and tender. However, the automatic rule of thumb is once the topping is golden brown!
HOW TO AVOID ROASTED PEARS FROM GETTING SOGGY?
Once stored for later, it'll get soggy in the refrigerated, however, the trick is to re-heat it in the oven for it to warm up and crisp up nicely again.
HOW DO YOU BEST SERVE ROASTED PEARS IN GENERAL?
For the most simplest, but tasty way---I like to scoop my roasted pears in a bowl and top it with my favorite ice cream or whipped cream, but you can enjoy it by itself. Of course, you can always change things up with your breakfast by serving a few scoops of roasted pears atop your favorite yogurt as a yogurt bowl or atop your oatmeal or overnight oats.
Can I Make Gluten-Free + Vegan Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp?
Absolutely. To make this crisp GF, simply substitute the flour with GF All-Purpose flour or 1-to-1 GF Baking Flour, which Bob's Red Mill has a great one! Ensure that other ingredients are GF-friendly (i.e. stock, etc.). Also, ensure that the rolled oats are certified-GF.
To make this Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp vegan, simply substitute the butter with vegan butter.
How to Store Leftover Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp
Best if served on the same day of making recipe. If made ahead of time (a few hours before serving), simply re-warm in the oven on 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Leftovers should be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
Start by rinsing off your pears and patting them dry. In a bowl, add the pecans, flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon, stirring until combined. Add the partially melted butter and using a spatula, mix until combined and 'crumbly-like'. Set aside.
PREP THE PEARS:
In a large bowl, add the halved pears, olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, stirring everything together until combined and the pears are completely coated.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
Line the pears (skin side down + open side up) side by side. NOTE: I would recommend baking the pears halfway (about 20 minutes) before adding the topping to avoid it from browning too much.
Generously spoon the pecan topping over the sliced pears and spread out evenly until all pears (for the most part) are covered.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown and pears are tender and charred. NOTE: Be sure to double check the pears after the initial 30 minutes to ensure that the crumble isn't burning.
Once done, remove from oven and serve immediately with a scoop of your favorite ice cream or whipped cream.
Tips & Tricks
STORAGE: Best if served on the same day of making recipe. If made ahead of time (a few hours before serving), simply re-warm in the oven on 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Leftovers should be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: To make this crisp GF, simply substitute the flour with GF All-Purpose flour or 1-to-1 GF Baking Flour, which Bob's Red Mill has a great one! Ensure that other ingredients are GF-friendly (i.e. stock, etc.). Also, ensure that the rolled oats are certified-GF.
EQUIPMENT: Here, I’ve curated a list of bakeware essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baking treats, especially with this Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp. Everything from my fave baking sheets, parchment paper, mixing bowls, and more. SEE THEM HERE!