Slow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp — Damn Delicious

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Slow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp

The easiest fuss-free apple pear crisp made right in your crockpot with a sweet crispy topping that is TO DIE FOR.

I figured we needed a break from all the soups.

Yes, it’s freezing cold. And yes we need all the soups and stews we can get our hands on.

But, more importantly, we need dessert. But not just any dessert.

We still need a warm and cozy dessert.

One that requires no babysitting or fuss. One that we can just whip up into a slow cooker and walk away from.

And that’s exactly what we have here.

15 minutes prep time with just 3 things.

Your filling, Your topping. And vanilla ice cream for serving.

The most difficult thing about this is choosing which ice cream flavor to go with your apple crisp.

I recommend a classic vanilla but you can’t go wrong with any other choice.

Slow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

The easiest fuss-free apple pear crisp made right in your crockpot with a sweet crispy topping that is TO DIE FOR.

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 3 Bosc pears, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg

For the topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Directions:

  1. To make the topping, combine flour, oats, pecans, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Add cold butter and toss to coat, using your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs; set aside.
  2. Lightly coat the inside of a 4-qt slow cooker with nonstick spray. Place apples, pears into the slow cooker. Stir in brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Sprinkle with reserved topping, using your fingertips to gently press the crumbs into the batter.
  3. Place a clean dishtowel over the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 2-3 hours or high heat for 90 minutes. Remove the dishtowel and continue cooking, uncovered, until the topping is browned and the apples are just tender, about 1 hour.
  4. Serve warm.

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33 comments

Love that you used apples and pears! Yum!

If you doubled the recipe, would it fit in a 6-qt slow cooker? If so, how would you adjust the cook time? Thanks!

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

Can I use all Apple instead of pear?

It will be easier and nicer if you ll have more photos or a video with the reciepe

This looks AMAZING! I love all fruit crisps!

Hi! Looks like a great recipe! Could you provide an alternative with oven bake time and temperature?

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

Hi – this looks great – are there a certain type of apples that will work best with this?

Crisp and tart apples like Empire, Granny Smith or Honey Crisp work best here. Hope that helps!

Just to be super clear: the dish towel covers the cooker and then put the lid on?

Yes, that is correct.

Is the dish towel the only cover or are you using the dish towel and the lid?

You are using both the dishtowel and the lid.

I am going to follow this as written, but I am curious about the towel. What is its purpose?

The purpose of the clean dishtowel is to absorb the condensation and stop it from dripping down into the dish. This is the secret to a crisp topping!

Do you think I could make this in the Instant Pot, Slow cooker setting?

I don’t see why that shouldn’t work! 🙂

Just wondering what the purpose of the cloth over the slow cooker might be? I’m thinking, all apples and a vanilla caramel swirl ice cream.

The purpose of the clean dishtowel is to absorb the condensation and stop it from dripping down into the dish. This is the secret to a crisp topping!

Where it says lay a clean dish towel over the slow cooker, what purpose does the dish towel serve? Is it to prevent the topping from getting moist? And does the towel sit between the slow cooker pot and the lid?

The purpose of the clean dishtowel is to absorb the condensation and stop it from dripping down into the dish. This is the secret to a crisp topping! And yes, the dishtowel sits in between the slow cooker insert and the lid.

Sounds nice. Would I place the crockpot cover on top of the dish towel then? I guess it is used to somehow prevent premature browning. I will make this today, thanks.

Yes, that is correct!

What kind of apples did you use for this recipe?
It sounds yummy!

Crisp and tart apples such as Empire, Granny Smith or Honey Crisp work best here. Hope that helps!

You are always full of surprises! We have 2 apple trees and a pear tree in our yard! We love any kind of crisp so thank you for sharing this one!

Can you clarify for me, the instructions.
Once I cook it on high for 90 min, I remove towel AND LID?
And then I cook it on HIGH or LOW for 1 hour?

Yes, the slow cooker should be uncovered completely. Then you can cook it on low for 1 hour. Hope that helps!

I always enjoy recipes made from your site. But this last one had me perplexed. As a rule, if prep time is listed as 15 minutes, I always allow an additional 10-15 minutes as the recipe is new. I am not a slow cook but this one frustrated me as it took close to 50 minutes for prep. Peeling and slicing apples and pears is never fast and due to the recipe stating they should be in ½” thick slices, I couldn’t use any tools but did it all by hand. And, for those of us who bake, mixing the butter into the ingredients by hand (topping) took 5 minutes alone. I’m unsure when the countdown begins but would appreciate more accurate time so I can plan accordingly. Thanks for understanding.

I did it..the / crisp was delicious. I’ve always wanted to make them but don’t have an oven. Thank you..hope you’ll share more slow cooker dishes (sweet or savoury).

SO happy you liked it! Have you checked out our slow cooker section? https://damndelicious.net/category/slow-cooker/

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