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Turkey Creek Lane · Old Fashioned Southern Pear Crisp with Cream Cheese & Pecans

Old Fashioned Southern Pear Crisp with Cream Cheese & Pecans

The pear crisp is warm from the oven and ready to serve.

This dessert features a wonderful, butter pecan crisp topping over fresh pears in an Old South flavored brown sugar, cream cheese sauce. It is best warm from the oven and topped with good vanilla ice cream or a whipped topping.


2 tbsp. cream cheese (softened to room temperature)

2 tbsp. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of salt

2 large pears, peeled, cored and cut in chunks

2 tbsp. chopped pecans

8 crushed vanilla wafers

2 tbsp. butter

vanilla ice cream or whipped topping

 DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350. Butter small casserole dish. Mix sugar, softened cream cheese, cinnamon and salt until well blended. Stir in pears and pour mixture into buttered casserole.

Mix pecans, wafers and butter in another bowl. Sprinkle over cream cheese with pear mixture. Bake 30 minutes or until pears are bubbling and crispy topping is golden brown.

Serve with ice cream or whipped topping.

Makes 4 small or 2 very large servings.

Getting the ingredients together.

A zip lock bag makes crushing crumbs and cleaning up a breeze.

ANOTHER VERSION: Ellaella of  made this dessert with some Yankee touches. One of the changes she made was to substitute gingersnaps for the vanilla wafers. She also made individual servings instead of using one casserole dish. AND …according to Ellaella the crisp was outstanding. You can find Ellaella’s version here: http://foodpluspolitics.com/

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  1. Laurie’s avatar

    Oh my…that is really speaking to me.


  2. barngoddess’s avatar

    that is absolutely sinful….

    it looks delicious!


  3. jolynna’s avatar

    Thank you Laurie and Barngoddess,

    I have a sweet tooth and love crisps, cobblers and pies. This is one of my favorites. It is very easy, too.


  4. merrimerri’s avatar

    You have received a Thoughtful blogger award! Come by my site to pick it up!


  5. Robin’s avatar

    This looks worthy of a trip in town tomorrow morning to buy pears!


  6. jolynna’s avatar

    Thank you so much merrimerri, I am honored.

    Congratulations on your award!


  7. jolynna’s avatar

    Hi Robin and thank you for visiting. If you try the recipe, let me know how you like it.

    DH got our pears from one of our neighbors. He saw they were falling off of the tree and being left there, so he stopped and offered to help her clean up her fruit. They are wonderful.


  8. healingmagichands’s avatar

    Oh, so you have this tempting thing still up at the very top of your blog! Every time I click in here I feel like I have to go eat something gooey and delicious. Good thing I just had breakfast. I am definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks.


  9. jayedee’s avatar

    i’m so glad i stumbled across your blog! i’ll surely be back to explore some more!
    the pear crisp looks divine and i’ve “appropriated” the recipe! thank you!


  10. valwebb’s avatar

    Mmmmmmmmm! The pear crisp looks fantastic. Since I have no pear trees, I’m headed to the farmer’s market this afternoon. Thank you for sharing this recipe. (Thanks also for visiting my Illustrated Garden blog!)


  11. paintingartist’s avatar

    Wow! The pear crisp looks incredible. I love to cook and eat. It reminds me of Cracker Barrel’s apple crisp which is probably my favorite desert. I’ll definitely have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.


  12. ellaella’s avatar

    That looks wonderful!! Thanks for posting it. I’ll have to try this fall. I’ll probably inhale it.

    BTW, From Scratch has a new URL so when you have a second, could you please change the link in your blogroll (thanks for having me there!) to http://foodpluspolitics.com ? Cheers..ella


  13. ellaella’s avatar

    This is seriously delicious. I made it and posted today but I, um, er, sort of Yankeefied it, for want of a better term. My daddy was a Southerner but did not pass on his sweet tooth.

    Forgive me?

    Thanks for a fabulous recipe.



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