Spiced Gingerbread Pear Crumble

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Spiced Gingerbread Pear Crumble ~ a classic pear crisp taken up a few notches with all the wonderful warm flavors of gingerbread!  This is the ultimate fall dessert.

The harvest moon ambushed us by coming early this year.  We’re two days away from the official start of fall, and, be honest, are you ready?  Do you have corn cobs on your door and mums on the porch?  I didn’t think so.  Well, try this recipe and at least your kitchen will get into the spirit…it’s based on a delicious chewy ginger cookie that we make every Christmas.  They’re dark with molasses and spices and crackle on top when they cook.  I took the basic cookie dough, left out the egg, added some pecan halves, and baked it on top of lots of sliced pears.

How easy is this.  Pile your sliced pears in the baking dish, and toss with the lemon juice.  Everything else goes into a big mixing bowl, and with your hands, combine it all until it has a crumbly texture…no more dry flour feel. (It’s basically another crumble, but I’m trying not to use that word.)

Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the pears in the baking dish.

You’ll love the hint of gingerbread in the air as this bakes.

More gingerbread and pear treats to try ~

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Spiced gingerbread pears

Spiced Gingerbread Pear Crumble ~ a classic pear crisp taken up a few notches with all the wonderful warm flavors of gingerbread!  This is the ultimate fall dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 6 tbsp softened butter
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves or chopped pecans

fruit filling

  • 6 ripe pears peeled and sliced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Put the crumble topping ingredients together in a bowl and work through it with your fingers until it has a coarse crumb texture. Be sure to break up all the bits of butter and get them rubbed into the dry ingredients.
  • Toss the pears with the lemon juice and put in the bottom of your pan. Top evenly with the crumble.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until browned and bubbly.


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    September 26, 2011 at 6:10 am

    5 stars
    Oh this looks so delicious! I can smell the yumminess.

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    September 22, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Sadly, I don’t really like pears all that much (it’s a texture thing) but I could definitely see myself making this with apples instead!

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    September 22, 2011 at 2:09 am

    5 stars
    Perfection 🙂 I just did something very similar the other night with a big bowl of peaches.

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    Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook
    September 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    5 stars
    It has me excited for fall! Looks delicious, I can just smell it baking!

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    September 22, 2011 at 4:32 am

    How absolutely fabulous is this!? You’ve got me all worked up about pears right now.

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    September 22, 2011 at 12:31 am

    The pears look so pretty. I haven’t cooked with pears in such a long time. I enjoy cooking something like this yummy dessert on a Sunday afternoon when the fireplace is cranking hot!!

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    Yummy Mummy
    September 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    WOW this looks amazing. It’s so perfectly fall and I can’t wait to make this.

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    September 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Oh, I love everything about this!!! A perfect autumn dessert! Delicious~

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    September 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Wow, your house has the best eats Sue. I love anything with pecans, I’m snooping around for a Bourbon pecan pie recipe, I think that might just taste like heaven to me.

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    September 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Such a really lovely post, the recipe, the pictures all make me so happy Fall is here. This is very special – thanks!

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    September 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    this looks so good! I think I might seriously buy some pears and pecans on my way home from work and make it.

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    September 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Oh my goodness that looks good…I would love to have that for breakfast…right now! Love your photos!