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Slow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp

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This easy to make Slow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp is a fall-spiced, warm, and comforting dessert. Topped with a crunchy sweet crumb mixture, this fruit dessert is fall on a plate.

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It’s the first day of #FallFlavors week – a week where more than 25 food bloggers are going to wow you with recipes using all the fall foods with the help of some awesome sponsors.  Sponsors that generously provided us with products to use in our creations.

We’re sharing them with the hashtag #FallFlavors on social media and you’ll find some of the links in this post as well. In addition to the recipes, we also have a great giveaway for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors! All of those details and how to enter are listed below!

To start the week off, I am sharing my recipe for our favorite Fall dessert made in the slow cooker. This delicious slow cooker apple pear crisp has the fruits and flavors of fall all in one sweet dessert. Believe it or not, you CAN get a crisp and crunchy topping using the slow cooker! I’ve got the secret tip that will blow your mind! Keep on reading!

serving of apple pear crisp on white plate with some of the ingredients in the background

You may enjoy these delicious recipes: apple pear crumb pie and apple pie tacos.

Before I tell you about the fruit crisp recipe, the giveaway, and our generous sponsors, let me tell you what I’ll be sharing this week.

  • Monday: Slow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp (that’s this recipe)
  • Wednesday: Autumn Squash Soup
  • Friday: Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pumpkin Muffins

Now, this apple pear crisp has this amazing oat-brown sugar mixture filled with pecans and cinnamon spiced snack crumbles. I could have toasted that topping and eaten it all but itself!

ingredients for apple pear crisp

For this recipe, I used fruits and a snack mix from Melissa’s Produce, sugar from Dixie Crystals, pecans from  Millican Pecan Company, and vanilla bean paste from Taylor and Colledge. All extremely quality products that I love.

Millican Pecans

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp

  • slow cooker
  • 4 apples (I used Fuji apples)
  • 3 Bartlett pears
  • light brown sugar
  • flour
  • fresh lemon juice
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • nutmeg
  • old fashioned oats
  • pecans
  • Melissa’s Produce Cinnamon Spice Clean Snax crumbles
  • unsalted butter

How to make apple pear crisp in the slow cooker

Step 1

In a resealable bag, place one cup of the Cinnamon Spice Snax squares and using a mallet or rolling pin, smash the pieces into the size of peas. Use this in the oat mixture.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, pecans, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and the crushed cinnamon spice snax mix. Using your (clean) fingers work the COLD butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Place in refrigerator. I like to keep the topping chilled until it’s needed. This way the butter stays cold and the mixture stays crumbly. Plus, it won’t melt too fast when heated.

Step 2

Lightly spray the inside of your slow cooker (I used a 6 quart but a 4 quart works well, too). Place apples and pears in bottom of slow cooker.

sliced apples and pears in slow cooker

Stir in the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, pinch of nutmeg, vanilla bean paste, and fresh lemon juice; coating all of the apples and pears.

spiced sliced apples and pears in slow cooker

Step 3

Take crumb topping from refrigerator and crumble it over the fruit filling. Gently (using your fingers) press the crumbs into the fruit mixture.

crumb topping on apples and pears ready to bake

Step 4

This is the secret to the crisp crunchy topping: Place a clean dishtowel over the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or high for 90 minutes. Then, remove the dishtowel and continue cooking, uncovered, until the topping is browned and the apples are just tender, about 1 hour. You want tender fruit, not mushy.

**The dishtowel will absorb the extra moisture and your topping will brown and be crisp! It really works!

dishtowel over slow cooker with apple pear crisp baking inside

Note that depending on your model and size of slow cooker or crock pot, the apple pear crisp may be done sooner than the time in this recipe. If cooking on low, check at the 90 minute mark to judge the doneness of the fruit. If on high, check at the 45 minute mark.

Step 5

Serve warm as is, or with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers (if there are any) in an airtight container for up to three days.

slow cooker apple pear crisp with Hello Fall sign in background

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • Use cold butter in the topping mixture, this helps the topping stay crumbly and not melt. Refrigerate the opping mixture to help the butter stay cold while preparing the rest of the recipe.
  • Slice apples and pears into 1/2 inch slices. Thick is best for the slow cooker so the fruit doesn’t cook down too fast and become mushy.
  • Replace pecans with any nut you like.
  • This is the secret to the crisp crunchy topping: Place a clean dishtowel over the slow cooker, cover and cook. The dishtowel will absorb condensation and your topping will brown and be crisp! It really works! Just be sure to remove the towel for the last hour of cooking.
  • Note that depending on your model and size of slow cooker, the apple pear crisp may be done sooner than the time in this recipe. If cooking on low, check at the 90 minute mark to judge the doneness of the fruit. If on high, check at the 45 minute mark. You want tender fruit, not mushy.
  • Serve with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.
plate with serving of apple pear crisp with some of the ingredients in the background
pear apple crisp with ice cream on plate and fruit in background

Slow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp

This easy to make Slow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp is a fall-spiced, warm, and comforting dessert. Topped with a crunchy sweet crumb mixture, this fruit dessert is fall on a plate.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: apple crisp, apple pear crisp, apples, crock pot, dessert, pears, Slow cooker
Prep Time: 20 minutes

Equipment

  • slow cooker

Ingredients

For the apple pear filling

  • 4 Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 3 Bartlett Pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • pinch of nutmeg

For the topping:

  • 1 cup Cinnamon Spice Snax mix, crushed
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) COLD butter, cut into cubes

Instructions

To Make the Topping:

  • In a resealable bag, place one cup of the Cinnamon Spice Snax squares and using a mallet or rolling pin, smash the pieces into the size of peas. Use this in the oat mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, pecans, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and the crushed cinnamon spice snax mix. Using your (clean) fingers work the COLD butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Place in refrigerator. I like to keep the topping chilled until it's needed. This way the butter stays cold and the mixture stays crumbly. Plus, it won't melt too fast when heated.
  • Lightly spray the inside of your slow cooker (I used a 6 quart but a 4 quart works well, too). Place apples and pears in bottom of slow cooker.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, pinch of nutmeg, vanilla bean paste, and fresh lemon juice; coating all of the apples and pears.
  • Take crumb topping from refrigerator and crumble it over the fruit filling. Gently (using your fingers) press the crumbs into the fruit mixture.
  • This is the secret to the crisp crunchy topping: Place a clean dishtowel over the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or high for 90 minutes. Then, remove the dishtowel and continue cooking, uncovered, until the topping is browned and the apples are just tender, about 1 hour. You want tender fruit, not mushy.
    **The dishtowel will absorb the extra moisture and your topping will brown and be crisp! It really works!
  • Note that depending on your model and size of slow cooker or crock pot, the apple pear crisp may be done sooner than the time in this recipe. If cooking on low, check at the 90 minute mark to judge the doneness of the fruit. If on high, check at the 45 minute mark.
  • Serve warm as is, or with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Refrigerate leftovers (if there are any) in an airtight container for up to three days.

Notes

Tips Tricks and FAQs
  • Use cold butter in the topping mixture, this helps the topping stay crumbly and not melt. Refrigerate the opping mixture to help the butter stay cold while preparing the rest of the recipe.
  • Slice apples and pears into 1/2 inch slices. Thick is best for the slow cooker so the fruit doesn’t cook down too fast and become mushy.
  • Replace pecans with any nut you like.
  • This is the secret to the crisp crunchy topping: Place a clean dishtowel over the slow cooker, cover and cook. The dishtowel will absorb condensation and your topping will brown and be crisp! It really works! Just be sure to remove the towel for the last hour of cooking.
  • Note that depending on your model and size of slow cooker, the apple pear crisp may be done sooner than the time in this recipe. If cooking on low, check at the 90 minute mark to judge the doneness of the fruit. If on high, check at the 45 minute mark. You want tender fruit, not mushy.
  • Serve with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Blogghetti” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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#Fall Flavors Giveaway and Sponsor Details

Our sponsors, Millican Pecan, Dixie Crystals, Melissa’s Produce, Taylor & Colledge, Nairn’s, and Republic of Tea, have furnished participating bloggers with complimentary product to use in their recipe creations that they will be sharing this week. These same sponsors have generously offered prizes for our giveaway so be sure to enter and share with your friends so they can enter too. Be sure to follow our Fall Flavors Pinterest account for more inspiration.

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Prize 2: Williams Sonoma Cleartouch Nonstick 6-Piece Bakeware Set from Dixie Crystals

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Perfect for the occasional baker, our entry-level collection features a sturdy nonstick silicone coating at a great value. Aluminized steel, the material of choice for professional bakers, provides excellent heat transfer for even baking, so food turns out beautifully and releases easily, every time. 6-Piece Set includes: Half-sheet pan, 12-cup muffin pan, round cake pan, square cake pan, rectangular cake pan, loaf pan. An $80 value.

Prize 3: 3 Month Melissa’s Produce Gift Subscription

A stunning selection of the most delicious produce will be delivered once a month for 3 months. At Melissa’s, the produce is selected at their peak of perfection and packed by hand to ensure safe arrival. A $124 value.

Prize 4: A Red Dancing Leaves Teapot and a tin of Hot Apple Cider Tea from The Republic of Tea

Let the aroma of fresh apple and mulled cider spices envelop you as you sip this golden infusion. The crisp, lingering finish will leave you wanting more! A naturally-caffeine free blend of apples, cinnamon cloves and ginger. Reminiscent of apple cider, with the luscious aroma of cinnamon and cloves, make this cup the perfect accompaniment to the colors of the harvest season.

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Prize 5: A selection of six flavors of Oat Crackers from Nairn’s

One winner will receive a box of each Nairn’s Original, Chocolate Chip, Stem Ginger Oat Grahams, Caramelized Onions, Rosemary & Sea Salt Flatbreads, and Oat Cracker. Nairn’s has been baking oats since 1896. They use simple, natural, and wholesome ingredients in their products. Minimum $25 value

Prize 6: A Selection of extracts from Taylor and Colledge.

One winner will receive a selection of extracts to include vanilla bean, almond, lemon, and lavender. In 1897, Taylor & Colledge won its first award for excellence in vanilla. Since then, the Taylor & Colledge commitment for unsurpassed quality has earned its reputation as one of the world’s finest producers of vanilla. Minimum of $25 value

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Six (6) winners will be randomly selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners have 24 hours to respond once notified by email, or they forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen. The #FallFlavors bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members living in the household cannot enter or win the giveaway. Entries will be verified. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter giveaway and the contest is open only to US residents. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #FallFlavors posts or entries. Thank you to our sponsors Millican Pecan Company, Dixie Crystals, Melissa’s Produce, Taylor & Colledge, Republic of Tea, and Nairn’s for providing prizes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this slow cooker recipe and the fact that you used pears! I feel like they get the short straw when it comes to fall and winter desserts but pears are so good in baked treats!