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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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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