Ina Garten Apple Pear Crisp Recipe

It is hard to believe it is apple season once again. I feel like that apple season screams fall and means I will soon be taking out the dutch oven to make more warm comfort food.

Although I make berry crisps in the summer, there is something about an apple pear crisp recipe inspired by Ina Garten that warms up the belly.

(I still serve it with ice cream because fall here is still warm)  I hope you enjoy this amazing combination of apples and pear in an easy crisp recipe that is decadent enough to make for guests.


I must admit, like first baking with Rhurbarb a few years ago, I had never baked pears let alone combined them with apples. The hardest part of this recipe was peeling the fruit, I don’t think it would be too much different if you kept some the skin on. 

How to make Ina Garten Apple Pear Crisp Recipe

The original ina garten pear apple crisp recipe calls for Maucon apples and Bosc pears. I did not have either of those varieties so use a combination of flavorful fruits you have on hand. (Tart green apples is what I used) 

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 Can I make an apple pear crisp ahead of time?

Since a crisp is best warm, although the next day we ate it right out of the fridge, I prepared the topping recipe a few hrs before I assembled this and put it in the fridge.

What is in a Crisp Topping Recipe? 

Crisp toppings are usually pretty similar usually involving oatmeal. In this Apple Pear Crisp recipe, Ina uses a mixture of white and brown sugars.

  •  all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • kosher salt
  • old-fashioned oatmeal
  • cold unsalted butter, diced

I also measured out the dry ingredients for the filling and left them on the counter. That way you can get the filling ready and put it in the oven while you prepare dinner. You can also make this in a mixer but I used a pastry blender and my hands. 




The best part about a crisp is that there is no crust to fuss with and you don’t mind the extra juice that would normally get a pie soggy.

Barefoot Contessa Apple Pear Crisp Recipe

Pop it in the oven and allow it to cool slightly before eating and you have an amazing fall dessert. 

Barefoot Contessa Apple Pear Crisp Recipe

We halved the original recipe and made this pear apple crisp in a pie dish. It served 6 people with a little leftover too.

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Apple Pear Crisp Recipe

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Ina Garten Apple Pear Crisp Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

A super easy and flavorful fall dessert recipe Ina Garten Apple Pear Crisp Recipe has all the flavors of fall


  • 2 pounds ripe pears, 4 pears
  • 2 pounds firm Macoun or flavorful apples, 6 apples
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries or mixed berries (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the topping

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 pound 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, diced


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Peel and core the pears and apples and cut them into large chunks. Place the fruit in a large bowl and toss with the cranberries, zests, juices, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch baking dish.

For the topping

  1. Combine the flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal, and cold butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the mixture is in large crumbles. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit, covering the fruit completely.
  2. Place the baking dish on a parchment-lined sheet pan and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is brown and the fruit is bubbly. Serve warm.


You can easily halve the recipe and make it in a 9 inch pie pan. Place any leftovers in the fridge.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 783Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 61mgSodium 148mgCarbohydrates 145gFiber 14gSugar 100gProtein 5g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

What are your favorite fall dessert flavor combinations? 

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