Baked Pear Crumble

I want to share this sweet and crunchy dessert that’s become a favorite with our family. It’s easy to prepare and it’s a good time to make it as pears are starting to come into season.


  • 2 ripe but firm pears.
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone or sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon sugar, honey or maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Cut pears in half and gently cut out the cores.
  • Place pears, cut side up on a small baking pan. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil.
  • Bake on the upper rack until soft, about 20 to 30 minutes. Cool slightly.


  • Toss almonds, pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, salt and 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
  • Toast until brown in a cast iron pan on top of the stove for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Turn frequently.
  • Remove from oven and mix in sesame seeds. Let cool slightly.


  • Whisk mascarpone and sweetener in a small bowl.


Spoon mascarpone onto plates. Place pears on mascarpone. Sprinkle topping on pears. Enjoy.

About Peggy O’Mara. I am an independent journalist who edits and publishes I was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine for over 30 years and founded in 1995. My books include  Having a Baby Naturally, Natural Family Living, The Way Back Homeand A Quiet Place. Ihave conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. I am the mother of four and grandmother of three. Please check out my email newsletter with free tips on parenting, activism, and healthy living.

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