Canned Pear Cobbler is a classic dessert dish that everyone seems to enjoy. It’s sweet, tart, and creamy — similar to another classic pie I love, Blueberry Pie. The custard-like filling gives the whole dish a “softness” that some people don’t like in fruit desserts. But if you have a hankering for something different than cherry or blueberry cobbler, consider using this recipe!
Cake Mix and Canned Pear Cobbler
Servings:12 to 16 servings
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Fruit cobblers are a delectable and easy dessert to have around. Great with a cup of coffee for an afternoon break, cobblers are also a delicious addition to brunches and the perfect finish to family dinners. What’s not to love? A delicious fruit base is covered in a sweet and silky batter before being baked, which results in a fluffy and moist cake-like concoction that is not overly sweet. You just need yellow cake mix, butter, and a pinch of spice. Assemble and bake.
Our delicious pear cobbler recipe takes things one step closer to a “dump cake,” as it uses store-bought cake mix and canned fruit to make a luscious, moist, and fruity cake. Ready in 40 minutes; this is ideal if you need a last-minute dessert.
For our recipe, we are using canned pears, a budget-friendly way of using processed fruit. For this recipe, you need pears in syrup, but many canned fruit types are packed with water and have no added sugar. This easy recipe should give you the inspiration to try other fruits and spices to make your own fruity cake-mix cobbler.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
- 1 (20-ounce) can pears in heavy syrup
- 1 (18-ounce) box yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger, or ground nutmeg
Steps to Make It
- Gather the ingredients.
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Place pears with syrup into an oval-shaped baking pan.
- Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the pears.
- Drizzle the melted butter over the cake mix. Lightly sprinkle with ginger or nutmeg.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
To make other similar cobblers, simply keep the amounts of fruit and butter consistent and always use canned fruit in syrup or make your own simple syrup to moisten fresh or frozen fruit:
- Experiment with the ground spices and come up with your own variation. Use canned peaches, pineapple, apricots, or fruit cocktails in syrup. Thawed frozen berries, fresh apple slices, and cubed mangoes, cherries, or cooked rhubarb are all delicious alternatives.
- For a more decadent alternative, use chocolate cake mix, cherry pie filling (20 ounces), and melted butter. Add 3/4 cup unsweetened chocolate chips on top and bake as directed.
How to Store Cake Mix and Canned Pear Cobbler
This is a moist cake that will keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for three to four days. You can also wrap it well in foil and freeze it for up to three months. Then, defrost in the refrigerator or at room temperature and reheat briefly in the oven or a toaster oven.
You don’t have to wait for pear season or pay high prices for pears out of season to make this delicious cobbler. The beauty of the recipe is that it uses canned pears.
You can bypass the prep work of getting the pears peeled and cored by just opening up a couple cans of pear halves. The recipe is just as delicious as Pear Cobbler made with fresh pears. Top the cobbler with vanilla ice cream or a little cream and Enjoy!
- 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice fresh or bottled
- Two – 29 ounce cans pear halves in light syrup drained and cut into chunks
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup buttermilk make your own buttermilk by adding 1 Tablespoon lemon use to 1 cup milk, let sit to curdle
- 3 Tablespoons butter melted
- 1 tablespoon sugar for sprinkling, if desired
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8×8 baking dish.
- Place your pear chunks in the buttered 8×8 pan, set aside.
For the filling
- 1. In a heavy duty saucepan combine the brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and lemon juice. Over low to medium heat stir the mixture until it’s thick and melted down. It doesn’t look like it would melt down but it will, it will be thick and have a light brown color. As soon as it is melted , take it off the heat and pour it over the pears in the baking pan.
For the topping
- 2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar ,baking soda and baking powder, whisk to combine. Add the buttermilk and melted butter. Beat with an electric mixer until just combined. Top the pears with large spoonfuls of the batter, sprinkle with sugar if desired. Bake 30 -35 minutes until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Serve with ice cream if desired.
Tender, spiced pear slices baked into soft cinnamon biscuit dough, perfect with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.
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If there’s an underrated fall flavor/ingredient at least in my neck of the recipe world, it’s pears. I don’t utilize them nearly enough, and whenever I have a dessert that includes pears, I remember how tender and flavorful they are when baked and paired with the perfect blend of spices.
So when I sat down to think of recipes to create for a collaboration with other bloggers and fall flavors, I knew that somehow baking with pears had to happen.
Not only that, but I knew that the brown sugar I so generously received from Dixie Crystals would make a great sweetener for those slightly caramelized pears and soft biscuit dough that gives those tender baked pears the perfect dessert hug.
But before we get to the good stuff, perhaps it’s best to clear the air on exactly what a cobbler is and how it differs from crumbles, crisps, and buckles.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A COBBLER?
Folks often think that cobblers, crumbles, crisps, and buckles are mostly interchangeable, but they’re really not. Some subtle differences make each of these baked desserts distinguishable from the others.
A cobbler is typically a baked fruit dish that has drops of biscuit dough on top of it, which resemble cobblestones. The method we’re using in this pear cobbler recipe involves a bit of a different preparation, but the result (chunks of dough on top of the fruit) is the same.
A crumble is a baked fruit dish with a streusel topping and differs from a crisp in that it does not have oats in the streusel. Crisps contain oats in the streusel, just like my apple goat cheese crisp.
And lastly, a buckle is a single layer dessert that has pieces of fruit baked right into the batter, creating what looks like little dents and crevices in the top, so “buckle” refers to bending and collapsing in this instance.
HOW TO MAKE PEAR COBBLER
As I mentioned, the preparation of this easy pear cobbler recipe is a bit different from the traditional dropping of dough on top of the fruit, and I’ve simplified the method to make it incredibly simple.
PREPARE THE PEARS
Before getting to the biscuit portion of this pear cobbler, we’ll prepare the pears and allow them to sit for a bit, just like we do with the peaches for homemade peach ice cream. We want to allow some of the juices to release from the pears while also allowing them to soak up the brown sugar and cinnamon flavors before going into the oven.
Slice up the pears, then toss them in a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. It’s a super simple flavor profile that allows the pears to really shine through all those warm flavors, and the salt complements and brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit.
If you want to turn this into a canned pear cobbler, choose sliced or halved pears in 100% juice. You’ll want two 15oz cans to get the equivalent amount of fresh pears (4 pears equals about 4 cups of sliced pears).
PREPARE THE BAKING PAN
While the pears marinate for a bit, you’ll prepare the rest of the components of this pear dessert. First, add melted butter to the bottom of a baking dish. I used a 7″ x 11″, but a 9″ x 13″ works great, too. You can even split this into two 8″ x 8″ square baking dishes. There’s a lot of flexibility here!
Seriously, just pour it right in. You won’t have to spray the pan with nonstick spray or anything else. Easy peasy!
PREPARE THE BISCUIT BATTER
Great news! You only need one bowl for the biscuit batter. Whisk together your dry ingredients, then add milk and some vanilla extract and mix until just combined.
You’ll pour this biscuit batter directly on top of the melted butter then spread it out evenly into the pan. You’re creating a biscuit bed for the spiced pears, which will allow the batter to bake up into the crevices, creating those “cobblers” on top.
This is much easier than dropping dollops on top of the fruit and insures lots of biscuit bites between all the pears.
ADD THE PEARS
After all of the biscuit batter is in the dish, layer in the pears and any juice that collected in the bottom of the bowl. Spread them out evenly, and the rest of the magic of this pear cobbler happens in the oven!
Once out of the oven, you’ll need to let it cool for a bit, but it is best enjoyed warm with a scoop of ice cream or homemade whipped cream.
Since this recipe for pear cobbler is pretty simple, there is room for some nuts if you’d like to include those, plus any other warm spices you enjoy for the fall. Consider adding a dash of nutmeg or ginger when you add the cinnamon or add some additional spices before serving.
EASY CANNED PEAR RECIPES
Canned pears can be enjoyed as a sweet treat or added to other ingredients to make a variety of tasty dishes. Grab a couple of cans of pears and check out these recipes!
We’ve collected the best canned pear recipes, from cakes to muffins and crumbles, you’re sure to find a few new favorites.
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