This old-fashioned pear cobbler recipe is super simple to make and is one of my go-to desserts to make when I'm having people over. Impress your guests with this fancy, secretly effortless recipe.
This easy cobbler has a slightly cakey texture with crisp, salty edges from the salted butter. It is topped with fresh sliced pears and turbinado sugar if you're feeling extra festive.
Serve it up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. This is the perfect dessert when you need to whip something up at the last minute!
Pear cobbler is a wonderful dessert to make during the fall and winter when pears are in season. I like to use Bartlett pears, but you can also use Bosc or Anjou pears. I prefer this recipe with fresh pears but drained, canned pears should also work nicely.
This buttery dessert is made with a cake-like batter and sliced fruit. The best part is you don't have to peel the pears! This is a great way to use up leftover fresh fruit. Bring this pear cobbler to your next potluck or gathering, it will be a hit!
This post will give you all the tips and tricks on how to make a traditional pear cobbler.
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- "Really tasty cobbler. Just like my mom used to make! I like that it is not too sweet and has lots of pear slices. Added some cinnamon and it was amazing! Served it with homemade whipped cream as you recommended. Thanks!" - Laurie
- "Pear cobbler is one of my favorite desserts. I always make it when pears are in season and I really enjoyed this simple recipe. One of the best I've ever made!" - Josh
- "Sooo delicious!!! OMG. I couldn't get enough of this cobbler. I even had a slice for breakfast the next day." - Kara
This recipe is based on my easy nectarine cobbler. This version is made in a cast iron skillet with sliced nectarines and brown butter.
For more pear recipes, try these healthy pear muffins. These muffins are super moist and not overly sweet and they are dotted with delicious, juicy bites of pear!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Classic dessert everyone will love. Cobblers are a classic. Smooth batter is poured over melted butter and topped with fruit. So delicious!
- Bites of baked fruit. What makes cobblers so great is they can be made with lots of different fruits, in this case, fresh Bartlett pears!
- Quick assembly. This recipe is fast and easy to throw together. You don't even have to peel the fresh pears which is a game changer.
- Old-fashioned recipe. This pear cobbler comes from a family recipe for peach cobbler that I've adapted. It's super simple to make from scratch and calls for only a few ingredients.
- A light dessert that is not overly sweet. This recipe does not use too much sugar and is a refreshing, sweet treat.
- Granulated or white sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Pears, fresh or canned
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Need to make a substitution or missing an ingredient? Here are some ways you can alter this recipe to fit your unique dietary needs.
- Dairy-free or vegan? Use a high-quality, plant-based stick butter and non-dairy milk. I have not tested this recipe with these substitutions.
- Gluten-free? I have not tested this recipe with other flour. I recommend using a gluten-free 1:1 baking flour if you try to make this recipe gluten-free. Leave a comment and let me know how this goes!
Here are a few ideas for customizing this recipe and making different flavor variations:
- Play up the seasonal flavors by adding ½ teaspoon ground ginger to the batter mixture. You can try adding other fall spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.
- Brown the butter to add even more depth of flavor. Browned butter tastes slightly nutty and would be great in this cobbler recipe!
- Serve with a cup of hot tea or coffee if you're enjoying this as an afternoon treat. Or enjoy it with vanilla ice cream or homemade vanilla whipped cream for dessert.
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
How To Make Pear Cobbler
Step 1: Prepare fresh pears: wash, slice, and measure.
Step 2: Mix dry ingredients.
Step 3: Add milk to dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
Step 4: Let batter sit for a few minutes.
Step 5: Add butter to a baking dish and place in the oven.
Step 6: Remove the baking dish with butter from the oven once melted.
Step 7: Pour batter on top of melted butter. Do not stir.
Step 8: Top with sliced pears. Do not stir. Bake according to the instructions on the recipe card.
Expert Tips & Tricks
- Use firm, ripe pears for the best results. This will help the pears hold their shape while baking and create the best texture. Overly ripe, soft pears will not hold up as well.
- I find a 9" round pie dish, a 9x9" square baking dish, an 11x7" rectangular baking dish, or a 10" cast iron skillet work best.
- The batter will be a thin consistency. This is normal. If you feel your measurements are off and the batter mixture is way too thin, add an extra tablespoon or two of flour and whisk to combine. I've done this before when I accidentally added a little too much milk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about this recipe? Here are some additional tips and commonly asked questions:
Store pear cobbler covered at room temperature for up to two days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Pear cobbler bakes at 350F for 45-60 minutes. Baking times may vary on the size of the baking dish and different ovens. Look for dark brown crispy edges and a golden color on top.
Pear cobbler lasts 1 to 2 days at room temperature and up to 5 days in the fridge.
You will need a baking dish of your choice (see my "Expert Tips & Tricks" section for recommended baking dish sizes) along with a mixing bowl, whisk, dry and liquid measuring cups, and measuring spoons.
Store cooled and covered pear cobbler at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Store cooled and covered cobbler in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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