Caramel Pear Crumble Recipe
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Caramel Pear Crumble Recipe

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This is the first recipe I turn to after my mother shares juicy pears from her orchard. The down-home flavor of the not-too-sweet dessert is a welcomed alternative to apple crisp. Its crumbly topping and hint to caramel keep friends asking for more. —Karen Ann Bland Gove, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 20 caramels
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 medium pears, peeled and sliced
  • Whipped topping and additional cinnamon, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 598 calories, 19 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 44 mg cholesterol, 253 mg sodium, 103 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 7 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir in butter (mixture will be crumbly); set aside 1 cup. Press the remaining mixture into an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, cook and stir caramels and milk until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat. Arrange pears over crust; spoon caramel mixture over pears. Sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until the pears are tender and top is golden brown. Serve warm. Garnish with whipped topping and cinnamon if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Caramel Pear Crumble in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p31

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Reviewed Jun. 1, 2014

"This recipe is so easy to make and so delicious! Since we have no fresh pears right now, I used some of my home-canned pears instead. The crumble turned out great and I can't wait to make it again!"

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"O My God, So good WOW"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"This recipe wasn't what I expected-seems like there's too much of the "crumble". Pears are not in season right now so they are still pretty hard after 35 minutes of cook time. (Even after slicing quite thin) Although the flavor was good, if I didn't have whipped topping or ice cream, I'd have to pass on making this again."

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