Pear crisps – A delicious, fruity and healthy alternative to crisps for your little ones to enjoy. Really easy to make and no nasty added extras.
My little ones love crisps so I thought I’d have a go at making a fruity alternative which would contribute to their five-a-day.
I originally set out to make apple crisps but an oven setting error (I set it to 200ºC not 200ºF) meant that they came out black and made a strange crackling sound like they were just about to set alight (oops). It was my last apple, and determined to continue my fruit crisp experiment I settled for a pear instead.
The result was something crisp, sweet and really quite delicious. I tried them out on the boys and… result!
Since then I’ve had a go at apples and various other fruits and vegetables, but pear was by far my favourite and so that’s what I’m sharing here.
The apples crisped well but didn’t taste as sweet. They were also more liable to stick to the baking tray which was a bit of a pain.
The vegetables all seemed quite hard, so I think more experimentation is needed with oven temperature and cooking times.
The ginger and garlic, well they were definitely an experiment too far. I don’t think any amount of playing with cooking temperatures or oven timings will make those taste nice!
So anyway, back to the pear crisps. They’re really simple to make, you simply slice the pears thinly and put them in the oven, turning halfway through the cooking time. They are in the oven for a long time so I try and squeeze in as many trays as possible to make it worthwhile. If I use 2 pears, this spreads over 3 trays which is enough for Daniel to have a portion a day in his school lunchbox for a week (although I tend to snack on them during the day so they don’t always last that long!).
When you’re slicing the pear it’s important to try and get the slices as uniform in thickness as you possibly can. I use my food processor. However, you could simply slice them by hand, use a mandolin or a Y-shaped peeler.
A great way to use up pears that won’t ripen
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I buy pears they just won’t ripen. It doesn’t matter where I keep them, they simply refuse to go soft and so are not pleasant to eat. These pear crisps work really well with those stubborn, hard pears (the hardness actually makes them slightly easier to slice thinly).
Pear crisps nutritional information per serving
To calculate this nutritional information I have assumed that two pears will make 5 servings (which is a nice serving size for my four-year-old). However (as always) I have collocated the nutritional information in the table as a % of the adult recommended daily amount.
You can see from the table that it would not be one of your five-a-day for an adult (it’s actually 0.4). However, according to NHS – live well a child’s portion should be roughly considered to be the same as what they can fit in the palm of their hand. Using the highly scientific method of looking at my four-year-olds hands, I think that one serving would be one of his five-a-day.
It’s worth noting that baking the pear will reduce the nutritional benefit so it’s not as good as eating raw fruit. It’s also worth noting that pears are naturally quite high in sugar.
This is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.