A Pear Brown Betty is similar to a crisp, layers of sliced pears are nestled between a sweet crust of sugar, butter, graham cracker crumbs and flour.
Disclosure: I received product from Nairn’s and Taylor and Colledge as part of the #FallFlavors event. All opinions are my own.
Can you believe fall is almost here? I have no idea where the summer went but the weather has already started to turn cooler and my mindset needs to change from peaches and watermelon to pears and pumpkin.
This easy-to-make Pear Brown Betty recipe will definitely get you in the mood for fall! If you are a fan of desserts like crisps and cobblers, you’ll love this recipe too. With only a few ingredients you have a delicious dessert perfect for all chilly fall day!
What is a Pear Brown Betty?
The origins of Brown Betty recipes date back to 1864 where the recipe started appearing in cookbooks. The crust of the recipe typically comes from using stale bread or breadcrumbs, but in this version I use a combination of graham cracker crumbs and flour.
Brown Betty is usually made with apples, but berries or pears are a great substitute. If you chose to use apples, versions like Honeycrisp, Granny Smith and Pink Lady are great choices. For berries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are popular choices.
Brown Betty vs Crisp vs Cobbler
All three desserts are similar in the sense that they are baked with fruit and a topping but that is where the similarities end. A Brown Betty has a top and bottom layer of crust, made with breadcrumbs or graham crackers.
A Crisp, however, is made with a crumb or streusel topping, usually containing oatmeal and is placed on top of the fruit before baking. And a Cobbler is more of a doughy batter, made with flour and sugar.
Ingredients for this recipe
- Fruit: pears
- Sugars: granulated and brown sugar
- Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt
- Wet Ingredients: unsalted butter and Taylor & Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste (or vanilla extract)
- Dry Ingredients: all purpose flour and Nairn’s Oat & Stem Ginger Biscuit Breaks (graham crackers)
How to make a pear brown betty
- Cut up the fruit. Peel and thinly slice the pears, then toss them with the vanilla bean paste.
- Prepare the base and topping. Combine the sugars, spices, butter, flour and graham cracker crumbs until the mixture resembles wet sand.
- Assemble the Brown Betty. Press half of the graham cracker mixture into a 8×8 baking sheet lined with parchment. Layer the pears on top, then press the remaining graham cracker mixture on top.
- Bake the Brown Betty for 45 minutes, covered with foil in a 350 degree oven. Remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes.
Ways to serve
A Brown Betty is best served after it’s been slightly cooled. A big scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream make the perfect toppings for this recipe. Or even a drizzle of caramel would be a great choice.
Huge thanks to Narin’s and Taylor & Colledge for providing the graham crackers and vanilla bean paste used in this recipe! I’ll be sharing delicious #FallFlavors recipes this week so make sure to check back to see what I’ve made!
What I love about this recipe
First, it’s that pears are the star of the dish. I feel like pears are such an underutilized fruit, always getting passed over for apples in the fall. And why? Pears are just as delicious!
But also because of the ginger. Ginger is such a warm spice that it makes me think of fall. Combined with cinnamon and nutmeg, the smell and the flavor conjure up images of oversized sweaters, leggings and a warm fire.
So the combination of ground ginger, plus ginger graham crackers really packs in the ginger flavor without going overboard. Plus ginger and pears is a match made in heaven. (Think: apples and cinnamon)
If you can’t find the biscuit breaks I used in this recipe, you can substitute in regular graham crackers. And if you aren’t a fan of ginger, I understand. You can omit it from this recipe entirely and it will still be delicious.
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Pear Brown Betty
- 1 stick unsalted butter cubed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 pears peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 dish with parchment paper.
- Toss sliced pears in a medium bowl with vanilla bean paste until combined.
- Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, all purpose flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt to a large bowl. Stir to combine.
- Add in cold cubes of butter and use a pastry cutter or two forks to mix in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse sand and there are no more lumps of butter.
- Press half of the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- Layer the pear slices on top.
- Press the remaining mixture on top of the pears.
- Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes. (The top of the brown betty will look wet, but should be set and not jiggly.)
- Remove from the oven and let cool at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
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