It’s Fall and this is the most perfect dessert while apples and pears are abundant . Baked with brown sugar and oat topping served warm with vanilla ice cream and it’s perfection on a plate. This is what I did and it really is pretty easy and not very technical for those of you who want to bake a great dessert but don’t want to fuss with cakes and frosting etc. and special equipment. Most perfect!!! Can be made ahead of time and even frozen .
Can easily be cut in 1/2 for a much smaller gathering. You can even put into small ramekins and bake like that for individual servings.
3 ripe firm pears peeled, cored and thinly sliced
3 apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
3/4 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
*Vanilla ice cream for serving — obviously optional but in our house it’s a must
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I spray a 9 – 10 inch deep dish pyrex type of dish or any baking dish you like — set aside
In a large bowl combine pears, apples, orange juice, sugar , flour , cinnamon and vanilla — All the fruit mixture ingredients
Dump all the ingredients into your prepared baking dish.
Make the topping in a separate bowl . Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Add in the melted butter and stir until combined, using your clean fingers crumble the mixture over the fruit. You’ll want to press some of it together to form clumps.
Bake for 45-60 minutes until topping is golden brown, and fruit is tender and it is bubbling all around the edges.
Serve warm with ice cream.
*I put into oven when we sat down to dinner and let it cook so it was ready for dessert. Let it sit for awhile to set.
You can also make ahead and then just re-heat for 45 minutes to an hour . I cover with aluminum when re-heating.