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Cast Iron Pear Cobbler

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Cast Iron Pear Cobbler is the ultimate fall dessert, made with spiced ripened pears, fall spices, and a crunchy and sweet cobbler topping. Baked pears and apple crisp come together to make this amazing dessert!

pear crisp in a cast iron dish with some missing and a wooden spoon holding some

The beginning of September means one thing: the best season is coming up! Autumn is the perfect season for me: perfectly crisp weather, hoodies, falling colorful leaves, and all the best fashion and food! I celebrate fall vibes every year.

To ring in my favorite season, I made this amazing quintessential fall treat. Everyone loves a delicious cobbler recipe in autumn, but I combined my two favorite desserts (apple crisp and baked pears) to make this crispy golden brown Pear Cobbler in a cast iron pan!

pear crisp on a white plate topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce

For a beautifully savory fall dinner, try my Pumpkin Chili. For another sweet fall treat, my Homemade Apple Butter is always a hit!

What do I need to get started?

ingredients to make pear cobbler
  • Fresh pears. These need to be ripened, then peeled and sliced. Any pear would be fine, but I used anjou pears.
  • Granulated sugar.
  • Lemon juice.
  • Corn starch.
  • Vanilla extract. Please use real vanilla extract for the best flavor – vanilla flavor, essence, or imitation does not yield the same flavor.
  • Apple pie spice. I buy the store made blend for ease, but you can recreate that by mixing up cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
  • All purpose flour.
  • Old fashioned oats.
  • Chopped walnuts.
  • Brown sugar. This should be packed tightly into a 1/2 cup measure.
  • Butter.
  • A cast iron pan.

How to make Pear Cobbler

Start by preheating the oven and rubbing your cast iron skillet or baking dish with some softened butter.

Prepare the pears by peeling and slicing them. I used an apple slicer.

Combine all topping ingredients (flour, oats, walnuts, brown sugar, spices, and melted butter) using a wooden spoon or pastry blender, until they are evenly sized chunks.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, lemon juice, corn starch, vanilla extract, and spices. Toss with the pear slices until completely coated.

Add the filling to the cast iron pan and top evenly with topping. Bake for 30 minutes until golden and bubbly.

Storage

The Pear Cobbler can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

wooden spoon holding up pear cobbler in pan

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with lots of pears?

If you still have pears leftover after making this delicious cobbler, you can make some Baked Pears or make a double serving!

What spices pair well with pears?

If you want to switch it up, you can add some ginger, cloves, or cardamom to this recipe.

Can I add another fruit?

You absolutely can! Fruits that pair well with pears are apples, blackberries, apricots, or cranberries. Any of these would be a great addition to the Pear Cobbler.

How to serve Pear Cobbler

a fork piercing into warm pear crisp with ice cream
  • My preferred method of eating any cobbler or crisp is with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Drizzle on some caramel sauce and top with pecans.
  • Dust sugar and cinnamon on the top.
  • If you don’t want ice cream, you can top with whipped cream instead.
  • But always serve warm!
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pear crisp on a plate with a red checkered napkin

Cast Iron Pear Cobbler

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A beautifully baked pear dessert with a crispy cobbler topping - best served with ice cream!

Ingredients

Filling

  • 6 ripe pears, about 3 lbs peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice

Topping

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 425℉ and butter a 12 inch cast iron skillet.
    2. Combine all the topping ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix using a wooden spoon. Set aside.
    3. Whisk together the granulated sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, vanilla and apple pie spice. Add in the pear slices and mix using a wooden spoon until completely coated.
    4. Add the filling to the prepared cast iron skillet, sprinkle on the topping and spread evenly.
    5. Bake at 425℉ for 30 minutes until golden and bubbling around the edges. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.
    6. Best served warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 small plate
Amount Per Serving Calories 349Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 20mgSodium 14mgCarbohydrates 58gFiber 7gSugar 37gProtein 3g

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