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pear brown betty slice on white plate
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Pear Brown Betty

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Baking & Sweets, Cake
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown betty graham rackers, brown betty recipe,, pear brown betty
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 351kcal
Author: NicholeL


  • 1 stick unsalted butter cubed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 pears peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 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.


Recipe uses Nairn's Oat & Stem Ginger Biscuit Breaks and Taylor & Colledge's Vanilla Bean Paste. 
Biscuit Breaks can be replaced with the Oat & Syrup flavor or graham cracker crumbs. 
Vanilla Bean Paste can be replaced with 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. 
Ground ginger can be omitted from the recipe. 
If you peel and slice the pears in advance, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to them to keep them from browning. 


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 381IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg