Pear Crisp with Star Anise

Total Time
1 hr
15 min
45 min

raw Bartlett pear(s)

5 medium, or Anjou, cored, cut in 1/4-inch-thick slices

dark brown sugar

¼ cup(s)

fresh lemon juice

½ Tbsp


¼ fl oz, regular or pear variety (1/2 Tbsp)

uncooked old fashioned oats

¼ cup(s)

all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp

star anise

½ tsp, finely ground

ground cinnamon

½ tsp

table salt

¼ tsp

unsalted butter

1 Tbsp, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place pears in 8-inch-square baking dish; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons brown sugar. Drizzle lemon juice and brandy over top; gently toss to coat and arrange pear slices in even layer.
  3. Combine oats, remaining brown sugar, flour, star anise, cinnamon, and salt in food processor; pulse a few times to blend. Add butter; pulse until mixture is crumbly, then scatter mixture evenly over pears.
  4. Bake until pears are tender and top is golden and bubbling, about 45 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces; serve warm or at room temperature.
  5. Serving size: 1 piece
Star anise is a star-shaped, dark brown pod. It lends wonderful flavor to baked goods thanks to its strong flavor. If you can’t find it ground, you can also substitute Chinese five-spice powder in this recipe.

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