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Pear Bourbon Skillet Crisp Recipe

This easy Pear Bourbon Skillet Crisp is bubbling with sweet fruity goodness and topped off with a buttery crumbly topping!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, New American
Keyword Pear
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 340 kcal
Author Holly Sander (Inspired by Williams Sonoma!)


For The Filling:

  • 6 firm ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into wedges (Barlett pears will be turning yellow when ripe.)
  • 3 tablespoons good-quality bourbon
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (or almond flour/gluten-free baking flour)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For The Crisp Topping:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (or almond flour/Gluten-free flour)
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, diced into 1/2-inch cubes allow to soften slightly, plus 1/2 tablespoon for buttering the pan


  1. Preheat an oven to 375F.  Butter a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with 1/2 tablespoon of butter.

  2. In a large bowl, combine pears and bourbon.  Allow them to sit for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, mix together the crumb topping. First, cut 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter into small cubes and set aside.   Then in a mixing bowl add, flour, oats, sugar, sliced almonds, cinnamon, and salt.  Add the cubed butter to the mixture and work together with your hands until crumbles have formed.

  4. Add maple syrup, lemon juice, flour, and cinnamon to the bourbon-soaked pears and fold together.  Pour into the buttered 10-inch skillet.

  5. Sprinkle the crisp topping over the pears.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.  Allow it to cool slightly and then serve with some vanilla ice cream if desired.