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).
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- 2 pears
- Pre-heat the oven to 120°C/100°C fan.
- Chop off the top and bottom of the pears.
- Thinly slice (about 1mm thick) as uniformly as possible.
- Lay out the pear slices on a baking tray (I use three trays for two pears) ensuring that none of the slices are overlapping and place in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes.
- After 1 hour 15 minutes, turn the pears and return them to the oven for a further 1 hour 15 minutes.
- After they have finished cooking, turn off the oven but leave them in the oven for a further hour to become fully crisp.
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Free From/Suitable For…
The ingredients I used to make this recipe are all free from the following allergens. However, please check any labels carefully for allergens you need to avoid as brands can vary and product recipes can change over time.
- Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans
- Tree Nut-Free
- Sulphur Dioxide & Sulphite-Free
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