½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons applesauce
4 cups cubed pears (about 3 pears)
1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- In a medium bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and applesauce.
- Combine pears, cranberries and cornstarch in an 8x8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with oat mixture.
- Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F until juices are bubbling and topping is browned, about 20 minutes.
- Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
- Try adding other spices such as nutmeg or cardamom.
Super quick treat! And great when you have a lot of pears as we did. I swapped the applesauce out for oil as i made this the night before and i figured the applesauce in the topping would hold over better, and then for cranberries my little kids don't like tart taste too much so i used dried cranberries. Everyone enjoyed it!
This recipe is such a great combination of tart and sweet flavors! What a great treat! I found that there really isn't any need to add the cornstarch. Also, depending on your oven, it may take up to 45 minutes to cook.
I agree with another user that there is no need for the cornstarch. Probably as a result, the dessert was a little dry and underwhelming immediately out of the oven. The textures and flavors improved the next day. Additionally, the topping is quite sparse. It's more like a baked fruit dish with a granola-like sprinkle rather than a fruit crisp/crumble. Consider doubling the topping to give it a little more cover over the fruit.