Apple & Pear Crisp with Crystalized Ginger

If I tell you guys something, do you promise not to judge me? I don’t like pie.


What on earth is wrong with me? I just can’t wrap my head around it. I know, I’m weird. I just prefer crisps, crumbles and cobblers. Someone needs to send me a pie so I can change my mind. But until then, I’m sticking with my crisps, crumbles and cobblers.

Apple & Pear Crisp with Crystalized Ginger : What's Gaby Cooking

And because it’s November, and I’m sticking with my serious Thanksgiving prep mode, I’ve made this Apple & Pear Crisp with Crystalized Ginger!  This dessert is totally divine. So divine that I’d like to have a scoop for breakfast right this very moment, but I’m going to refrain from doing so because I chowed down on half the pan yesterday after it’s photo shoot!

A few weeks ago I spent a couple of days up in Southern Oregon learning all that there is to learn about Harry and David! It was such a fabulous trip and I am absolutely blown away by what wonderful people are within their company and how most of the people working at Harry and David have been there for years! And I’m not talking 5, 10 years. Think like 20-30 years!! That’s dedication!

Here’s a little picturesque glimpse into what we did!

We toured the Harry and David pear orchards which were absolutely gorgeous! I want to have a party in this orchard. It’s stunning


Sandy, our hostess with the mostess, who helped put together the trip with Harry and David, had us all over to her house for dinner! How fantastic is that! She made us an unforgettable meal that was complete with fun Harry and David touches throughout! One of the most memorable courses was for sure the dessert.

We had plenty of wine and a gorgeous platter for fruits, cheeses and Harry and David spreads too! I was pretty much in heaven.

Perhaps one of my FAVORITE moments of the trip was in the candy kitchen at the Harry and David headquarters! We got to decorate our own chocolate covered pears and taste test a variety of different chocolate that the test kitchen uses in their creations! And of course, I can’t forget the moose munch!!

Have you ever had moose munch? I hadn’t until this trip! My life is changed for sure. It’s sooooo good! The perfect combination of sweet and salty in a snack!

We had a bit of free time too! So we got to explore Ashland Oregon for a few hours! It’s seriously the cutest little town ever and the people there are beyond nice! Everyone was more than happy to answer any questions we had about the town or lend a suggestion or two.

After returning from Oregon, I had a boat load of fabulous pears from the Harry and David orchards that needed to be put to good use. While they are absolutely delicious to eat on their own, I wanted to make this Apple & Pear Crisp with Crystalized Ginger. I threw in a handful of chopped crystalized ginger because it felt like the right thing to do… and voila! A yummy Apple & Pear Crisp with Crystalized Ginger that would make for a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table this year! I mean, I guess you could even serve it alongside a pie!!!!

Ginger Pear and Apple Crisp

Ginger Pear and Apple Crisp


    For the filling
  • 3 Pinklady apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3 Bosc pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons crystalized ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • For the crumble topping:
  • ¾ cups unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup AP Flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Place the apples and pears in a large bowl and toss with the lemon juice, crystalized ginger and cinnamon until everything is evenly incorporated. Transfer to mixture to a baking dish big enough to hold all the fruit.
  3. In another bowl, combine the butter, sugar, oats and flour and using a pastry cutter, or a fork, cut the butter into the ingredients until you have a course crumbly mixture.
  4. Pour the crumble mixture on top of the fruit and evenly distribute everything so the fruit is covered.
  5. Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  6. Remove the baking dish from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Let’s not forget about the giveaway!! Who wants to win one of these gorgeous Pear Gift Baskets from Harry and David?!?

Just leave a little comment below letting me know if you are a pie or a crisp or a cobbler or a crumble kinda person! I’ll randomly select a winner on Friday Nov 9th and will notify the winner by email and announce it here!!

**A big thanks to Harry and David for sponsoring this giveaway and for letting me learn so much about their fabulous company! **

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  1. I like pies and crumbles and crisps – but have never had a good cobbler! I’m especially keen on making Evan Kleiman’s Hawaiian Apple pie that she made at Made in America 1 – with a pie crust and a streusel topping that included crystalized ginger – it was heavenly.

  2. It depends – for pears, I like pie. I never realized how DELICIOUS pears make in a pie, esp with a butter crust. I like cobbler best for rhubarb and blueberries, and crisp for apples. Pie for peaches.

  3. I think pie is to die for! However, this pear and apple crisp looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!!

  4. Hi Gaby,
    This sound delicious! I am just like you I am more of a cobler person than a pie. Anxiously awaiting all your thanksgiving receipies.

  5. You’re not alone – I’m not really into pie, either. It’s just ok and never crave for one. Looks like you had tons of fun in Harry & David. I can’t wait to try this recipe, very comforting and really easy to make!

  6. I am definitely a cobbler person…my grandma makes a mean peach cobbler and I would love to experiment with some pears!

  7. To be honest, I don’t like pie, crumble, crisp, OR cobbler!! I know… what is wrong with me?? In my opinion, if a dessert doesn’t have chocolate, it is just not worth eating!

  8. I actually don’t like pie either, except for my apple/cranberry I make every Christmas.

    I do like Moose Munch and I absolutely love Harry & David’s Chili Sauce – it’s just like the kind my grandmother used to make. Do you think they’d give me the recipe?



  9. I love a good apple crisp, even more than I like apple pie!! My husband is the opposite. But I find it is so much easier to put together the crisp topping than it is to make a pie crust, so I default to the crisps/cobblers :)

  10. Great giveaway – I love H&D pears, they’re always so delicious! I’m a crisp or crumble kind of person.

  11. I am with you on this one – I totally prefer crisps and crumbles over pies. They are just soooo simple to throw together, and I usually get much more impatient if I have to make a pie dough. Also, I feel it’s a bit healthier with more fruit/less dough :)

  12. Hi Gabby – everything you make is delish!! You make me look good – especially when I bring one of your receipes to one of our gatherings! I’m definately a cobbler person – especially peach – omg but it has to be fresh – not frozen or canned. My husband loves apple pie of any kind shape or form – crumble or no. We live in San Diego and Julian Pie Company is one of our favorite places to go to get pie. Yum

    1. mmmmmm fresh peaches – they are the BEST in a cobbler!! And thank you for your sweet comment :) Glad I can make ya look good with yummy recipes! :) xo

  13. Not a pie fan, but I do love a good crumble, and I’m most certainly a Harry & David fan! Love those pears!!

  14. I always hate to be accused of bias or prejudice so I plead to being an equal opportunity dessert lover. Pies, crisps, crumbles oh my. I do have a special place for a fresh blackberry cobbler tho.

  15. I have not had a good cobbler in years. My Oma made the best blackberry cobbler, eaten warm with cream poured on top. I’ve always loved oatmeal, so I am a crisp fan now.

    1. you have an Oma too!! I have an Omi :) I rarely hear other people call them anything besides grandma!! love it!

  16. I am also a crisp kind of girl, but I also love pies! My family seems to prefer crisps as well. I have worked for the Harry and David distributor here in Ohio a couple of different years and they were awesome!

  17. My Oma used to make the best apple cobbler so I’m pretty partial. Definitely wouldn’t turn down a crisp or pie though :)

  18. Well, I’m even stranger than you. I don’t really care a lot for pie either, just the filling, mostly. As far as the others, they are so sweet, so am not super crazy about them either, but I’d have to go with crisps.

  19. I prefer crisps. There is something special about the toothsome bite into warm and toasty oatmeal combined with oozing fruity goodness and brown sugary cinnamon. I’m glad to be in good company. = )

  20. First of all I prefer crisps. If I am eating pie I generally just eat the crust with a little bit of fruit. Secondly, I LOVE Oregon. I lived in Bend for three years and still miss it every day. The people and landscape are great. Thirdly Harry and David pears are amazing! Best fruit ever!

  21. Can I just say yes? I love all three the same but if you were going to make me pick then I would say a crisp. To me a crisp is in between a pie and a cobbler.

  22. I do not like to bake pies….I much prefer a warm and gooey crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream….yum

  23. I love all but not equally. If someone said, “you have to choose which one will survive in a zombie apacolypse with you”, I would say leave me my pie!!!

  24. I don’t like pie either(except for homemade chocolate cream pie!) I like my fruit in the form of a “crisp” along with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

  25. I’m a pie person. But not just any pie–homemade (especially the crust!) is the only way to go with desserts, and pies especially. But my husband is a crisp-lover, so I make both! :)

  26. Oh WOW! I would LOVE to win this one! I’m SO a crumble person. My grandmother in Germany, taught me how to make the awesome crumble with unsalted butter, sugar, and flour. Goes awesome on ANY fruit.

  27. Nothing better than a cobbler at the peak of peach season !
    Nothing better in the fall than a slice of pumpkin pie!
    Just hard to choose and I don’t want to….

  28. I love pie! I love Apples! I love Pears! I love Ginger! I love either, both or all in a crisp! Especially with ice cream
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. I like them all! But I guess if I had to pick it would be a pecan pie maybe with some chocolate chips!

  30. I love crisps but I have to say I’m definitely a pie person. And I love Harry and David pears. Thanks!

  31. My favorites are crisps! We regularly make apple-cranberry crisp (which is wonderful – goes well on a Thanksgiving spread) and just regular apple. I tasted my first pear crisp this week at a local restaurant cooking class and LOVED it! It may be a new favorite.

  32. What an amazing trip it was! It looks as though you put those pear to very good use…especially with that crystallized ginger. (No need to enter me in the giveaway.)

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