Caramel Pear Grumble Dessert

Caramel topping and pear batter make for a delicious and healthier holiday dessert option.

Celebrate the pear during the fall and holidays with this easy-to-make crumble/crisp like dessert.

Ever wonder why the pear seems to take a back seat to holiday dishes?

Let’s face it – if you’re talking fruit desserts from fall through the holidays, it’s pretty much pumpkin, apple or cranberry 24/7. But I say, don’t wait until January to embrace the pear!

According to USA Pears, most varieties of pears are in season starting in August or September – some are only around until early winter though a few are available through the start of summer. 

This crisp like pear dessert is easy to make and perfect for the cold weather.

This easy­ to­ make “grumble” comes by way of my co-­blogger, Serena who created a recipe inspired by a children’s book.

Now, over the years, I’ve dabbled in fruit buckles, cobblers, slumps, crumbles and crisps but never heard of a grumble. The thick batter is very fruit heavy and the top layer is a mixture of brown sugar, butter and hot water.

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No matter what you call it, it’s quick to whip together, smells wonderful while baking and produces a caramel crust that’s really divine.

Dare I suggest, worthy of your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas dessert table?  


Caramel Pear Grumble Dessert

Celebrate the pear during the fall and holidays with this easy-to-make crumble/crisp like dessert.

  • Author: Deanna Segrave-Daly
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x


  • 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk (or regular milk)
  • 6 ripe pears, cored and diced (about 5 cups)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup boiling water


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, ½ cup sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add buttermilk and whisk until smooth (batter will be very thick.) Fold in pears and mix well. Spread batter into ungreased 9×13-inch baking dish.
  3. In a heat-proof bowl, add brown sugar and butter. Pour water over top and stir until melted. Pour mixture over top of batter (do not mix.) Bake for 45 minutes.

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