“Clean out the pantry” – Apple Pear Crisp

“Clean out the pantry” is one of my favorite things to do to get creative in the kitchen.  When my family recently had our Labor Day Lake Weekend, I did just that and came armed with a box full of pantry castoffs that needed to be put to good use.  Two days of rain and only one day of sun, lent itself to some kitchen experimenting time at the lakehouse.  My Dad, my partner in crime, and I scoped out the goods we had brought and after a look in the fruit bowl at the apples and pears, we decided on an apple pear crisp.  We had internet access and could have likely Googled a recipe, but two cook’s brains are better than one, so we decided to wing it and just figure it out.  Butter, sugar, cinnamon, flour (or in our case Krusteez Pancake Mix), granola, chopped apples and pears baked to a crisp and served hot over double-churned vanilla bean ice cream = Labor Day Lake Weekend Happy Tummies!!!!!!

Apple Pear Crisp


  • 2 medium apples, cored and chopped
  • 2 ripe pears, cored and chopped
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Krusteez Pancake Mix
  • 1/4 cup Bare Naked Maple Pecan Granola
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Vanilla bean ice cream (optional)


  1. Grease an 8-inch glass baking dish with butter, shortening or vegetable oil spray. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spread chopped apples and pears in dish.
  3. Combine brown sugar, pancake mix, granola, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl and spread evenly over apples and pears.
  4. Bake approximately 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples/pears are tender.
  5. Serve hot over vanilla bean ice cream.

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