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cranberry pear crumble tart

this cranberry pear crumble tart is the easiest holiday dessert. it is made from an easy press in crust that doubles as the topping and is filled with sweet pears and tart cranberries.

it’s officially pie and tart season! don’t get me wrong, I love a good pie. but, I really love a good tart! this cranberry pear crumble tart is quick, easy and most importantly, delicious! this tart is made with lightly sweetened pears and cranberries inside an easy press-in spiced oat crust that doubles as a crumble topping! this rustic tart would make an excellent addition to your holiday dessert table.

cranberry pear crumble tart

in a few words this tart is:

  • easy to make
  • rustic
  • lightly sweetened
  • perfectly spiced
  • made with healthier ingredients
  • perfect for your holiday dessert table

what ingredients do I need to make this cranberry pear crumble tart?

  • unsalted butter
  • all purpose flour
  • almond flour
  • rolled oats
  • light brown sugar or maple sugar
  • ground cinnamon, cardamom and ginger
  • salt
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • firm, but ripe pears
  • fresh cranberries
  • granulated or maple sugar
  • orange or lemon (for juice and zest)
  • heavy whipping cream or vanilla bean ice cream for serving

from these ingredients you will make the easy press-in spiced oat crust and crumble and the lightly sweetened spiced fruit filling.

what baking tools are needed to make this quick and easy tart?

cranberry pear crumble tart

tips and tricks for a fantastic pear and cranberry tart

best substitutions for this recipe

  • all purpose flour: for a gluten free option, I recommend
  • almond flour: this adds a nice chewy texture and nutty flavor
    • use 3/4 c (90-95g) all purpose flour
    • hazelnut flour or other nut flour would work well here too
  • rolled oats: this is for texture
    • use 1/2 c (60g) all purpose flour
  • brown butter: this is for a flavor boost
    • use 3/4 c (12 tbsp) melted unsalted butter instead
  • light brown or granulated sugar: use maple sugar for a refined sugar free option
  • pears: thinly sliced apples would be a great substitute
  • cranberries: fresh cranberries are in season, so use them if you can!
    • any fresh, tart berry would work well in it’s place
cranberry pear crumble tart

baking tips and tricks:

  • read through the recipe before starting 
  • freeze the crust before par-baking
  • make sure the pears are firm, but ripe
    • unripened pears will still be firm even after baking for a while
    • they aren’t very sweet, so use more sugar to balance out the tartness of the cranberries
  • use a removable bottom tart pan
    • to show off the beautiful crust
    • or bake in a 8×8 or 9×9″ pan for bars
  • allow the tart to fully cool to room temperature before slicing
  • top with freshly whipped cream, dusting of powdered sugar, drizzle of caramel sauce or scoop of ice cream
cranberry pear crumble tart
cranberry pear crumble tart

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cranberry pear crumble tart

cranberry pear crumble tart

this cranberry pear crumble tart is the easiest holiday dessert. it is made from an easy press in crust that doubles as the topping and is filled with sweet pears and tart cranberries.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Celebrations, Dessert, holidays
Cuisine American
Servings 1 9″ (23cm) tart


  • 9" (23 cm) tart pan with removable bottom
  • mixing bowls
  • zester


spiced crust and crumble topping

  • 1 c (226g) unsalted butter, browned (reduced down to 3/4 c (185g)
  • 1 3/4 c (210g) all purpose flour
  • 1 c (96-112g) almond flour
  • 3/4 c (150g) light brown or maple sugar
  • 1/2 c (50g) rolled oats
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp (5ml) almond extract

spiced pear and cranberry filling

  • 2 (454g) large ripe, but firm pears, thinly sliced
  • 2 c (200g) fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 -2/3 c (100 – 134g) granulated or maple sugar see recipe notes
  • 3 tbsp (15-45ml) lemon or orange juice or water
  • zest of one lemon or orange use the same citrus as the liquid
  • 2 tsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom


spiced crust and crumble topping

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F (204 C).
  • Make brown butter about an hour before you plan to make the cookies. It will need 15 minutes to make and another 15-30 to cool enough to use in the recipe.
    To make the brown butter, melt butter in a clear heavy bottom sauce pan. Once the butter starts to foam, whisk continuously until brown bits start to form. Remove from heat, pour into clean bowl and cool 30 minutes to room temperature, but still liquid.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together until well combined.
  • Stir in the cool, but still liquid brown butter and extracts to the dry ingredients until the crumbs are moistened. Start with 3/4 c cooled brown butter. If there is excess butter and it's needed to create the moistened crumble texture, add more as needed.
  • Divide the crumbles into 2/3, 1/3. Press 2/3 of the crumble into the tart pan. Start pressing the dough into the sides, working back to the bottom. Once the dough is pressed in, prick the crust with a fork several times along the bottom. Freeze for 10-15 minutes.
    Reserve the 1/3 for topping the tart. Set in the fridge to chill until needed.
  • Place the tart pan on on a baking/cookie sheet. Bake at 400 F (204 C) for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool slightly before filling.
    Reduce the oven temperature to 350 F (177 C).

assembling the tart

  • In a large bowl, toss the thinly sliced pears, chopped cranberries, sugar, liquid/juice, flour, zest and spices together until well combined with all the fruit coated.
  • Mound the filling into the par-baked crust. Top with the reserved 1/3 crumble topping.
  • Bake the tart on a baking/cookie sheet for 45-55 minutes or until the fruit has softened and the tart is very fragrant.
  • Cool completely before enjoying.


Browning the butter is optional, but brings another flavor note to the tart. If you prefer to skip this step, melt 3/4 c, 12 tbsp (185g) of unsalted butter. 
The pears are used to help balance the tartness of the cranberries. Taste the pears before using in the recipe. If the pears aren’t very sweet, opt to use a bit more sugar to balance out the flavors. 
Lemon, orange juice or water: The lemon juice will bring more tartness, the orange juice more sweetness and the water, just the needed moisture. Choose the one you prefer. 
Keyword cranberry pear crumble tart, easy holiday dessert, press in pie crust
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