To celebrate the immediate joy of sweet, tender pears, I created a crisp that’s ready to serve in a little over an hour. It’s perfect for surprise guests or an impatient craving for a warm, from-scratch dessert.
Since I already made this dessert to satisfy our age’s habit of getting what we want immediately, I figured it should also give us more of what everyone wants. Extra crisp mix bakes in a separate pan and gets granola-crunchy. The crumbles baked onto the pears crackle on top while softening to a comforting chew where they meet the fruit’s juices. When served with ice cream and a shower of the extra crunchies, this dessert delivers as much — maybe even more — pleasure as a ripe pear.