Crock Pot Pear Buckle


Remember all my pears? I love fruit crumbles, crisps, slumps, cobblers, grunts, pandowdies, whatever you want to call them. I’m calling this one a buckle. Just because I can. And I’m making it with pears. Just because I have a freezer full of pears.

Ever wonder what the difference is between a buckle and a cobbler, a crisp and slump?

A cobbler is a deep-dish dessert with a biscuit-like mixture (batter spread or in drop-biscuit fashion) on top of fruit (sometimes regionally called a sonker or zonker using other fruits). Crisps and crumbles are like cobblers, only with a crumb-like topping. (See my fruit crumble recipe.) A betty (or brown betty) is fruit layered with a crumb mixture. A grunt or a slump is like a cobbler only baked on top of the stove. A buckle is also like a cobbler only the fruit and biscuit mixture is combined. In a pandowdy, the biscuit mixture is spread on top of fruit, as with a cobbler, only it may be poked (or dowdied) into the mixture near the end of the baking time and sometimes is even baked on the bottom of the fruit and inverted to serve. (See my apple pandowdy recipe.)

I made this with my homemade baking mix, Quick Mix, but you can use a store-bought baking mix, too.

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How to make Crock Pot Pear Buckle:

1/3 cup baking mix
2/3 cup quick oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups fresh, canned, or frozen sliced pears
1/2 cup pear juice or syrup

Grease a medium-size crock pot. Place dry ingredients in the crock pot and stir lightly to combine.

Add fruit and juice or syrup. (I had packed these pears in syrup before freezing, so I thawed and drained the pears, reserving 1/2 cup of the syrup for this recipe.) Stir again.

Turn the crock pot on low. Cook for five hours.

Pile on the whipped cream or ice cream!

This recipe also works great with peaches or apples, or even a combination of peaches, apples, and pears. Make it with whatever you have on hand. A crock pot dessert can be handy on days when you may be too busy (or your oven may be too busy) to prepare it at the last minute–and with a buckle, cobbler, etc, you want it to be warm to serve. Stick this in the crock pot at lunchtime and have a warm, fresh dessert by dinner. (And I love having a fruit buckle I can make even in a power outage when I miss baked goods the most–plug the crock pot into the generator and you’ve got dessert.)

It’s also a great way to bring the taste of harvest-time back in the middle of winter. Get out your home-canned or frozen fruit and make a buckle!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on February 11, 2010  

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  1. 2-11

    Makes my mouth water looking at it! SCRUMPTIOUS!!

  2. 2-11

    If you got the coffee ready, I’m on my way! Looks delicious! Is that real whipped cream on top? Oh my goodness! :snoopy:

  3. 2-11

    That is what I call breakfast! Save me some – I’m headed that way. I am going to have to try this recipe.

  4. 2-11

    From “slump” to “buckle,” who on earth taught you all of this new vocabulary? Thanks for sharing.


  5. 2-11

    Looks yummy! I’m not a pear fan so I would make that with peaches or sliced apples. My hubby recently bought me a new crockpot so I’m digging out recipes I can use. Thanks for the great ideas!

  6. 2-11

    Boy, does that ever look yummy! It just so happens that I have some home canned pears in my basement…I’ll have to give that recipe a try! Will taste good on a snowy day like today. Thanks for sharing!

  7. 2-11

    Oh my, I have pears, peaches, cherries and apples! I just need to decide which to try first!!!!

  8. 2-11

    This would be great on a holiday when the oven is full!! or any day really! :hungry2:

    I did not know the buckle, crumble, cobbler, pandowdy difference. I’m thinking a buckle sounds wonderful with the biscuit mixed throughout!

  9. 2-11

    Oh and blackberries, can’t forget the blackberries!

  10. 2-11

    I originally joined CITR because of your Pear Galette,now you have really got me hooked :happyfeet:

  11. 2-11

    Anything in a crock pot is great for me…I would have this for dinner!!

  12. 2-11

    I love crock pot recipes. This is a good one. Never heard of a “buckle” before. Learn something new every day!


  13. 2-11

    Your Pear Buckle looks delicious!!! I want some! I want some!!!!
    I grew up in the middle of Missouri and my def. of a cobbler comes from there….you make pie crust, a big batch of it….roll out the bottom crust and put in a cobbler sized pan. Put half of your fruit mixture in and roll out another smaller crust and lay on top. Then the rest of the fruitgoes on top of this middle crust. Roll out the top crust which gets tucked and pinched at the edge. A three crust cobble is to die for!!!
    It’s been snowing in Dallas since about 3 am and the roads are covered, the trees are big fluffy blossoms on sticks and I had to drive in it to work!
    Everyone be safe.

  14. 2-11

    That could be for breakfast too since it’s fruit???

  15. 2-11

    YUM!….that’ all I’ve got to say :hungry2:

  16. 2-11

    Oh yum, that looks very tasty and easy to make. Have to add that to my recipe folder. Thanks for sharing!

  17. 2-11

    Think I will try this with the frozen apple slices begging to be used in my freezer. That will make my Valentine very happy!!

  18. 2-11

    This sounds so good and I like that you can use different fruit!

  19. 2-11

    That souns so good. I normally would run right out and make it but I started the hcg diet this week. I can have it in 40 days though! countdown….

  20. 2-11

    Ok thats it!! Im making THAT this weekend..For Valentines day..

    Thank you..

  21. 2-11

    This looks really good.

    I need to give it a try!

  22. 2-11

    Yuuuuum! Yuuuuum! I was raised on cobblers, crisps and pandowdys. Since we grew our own fruit, we’d have a peach “this” or an apple “that” weekly. The names used to make me laugh with their onomatopoetic verb-like sounds. Your definitions make one wonder where the names originated from? A little word etymology is in order – I wonder if, in English, “buckle” comes from what your knees do after tasting a bite because it’s so scrumptious? Or, is it a reminder that you’ll need to loosen your belt buckle after eating too much?. All kidding aside, I found out that “buckle” is derived from the Latin/Middle English word, “bucca” meaning “cheek.” Hmm…Fill thy bucca with buckle! Anyway, thanks Susanne for yet another fantastic, easy-to-make creation!

  23. 2-11

    my cobbler recipe is simple, easy, and DELICIOUS!
    One cup of SR Flour
    One cup of sugar
    one cup of milk

    Mix this together, pour into a buttered 9 x 13 cake pan.

    Pour your fruit, in syrup,over the batter. bake @ 375` for around an hour, more or less, until it is crispy and brown. The batter will rise up through the fruit and syrup.

  24. 2-11

    How lovely!! A scrumptious crock pot dessert! I never thought of cooking a dessert in it, guess I’m mentally blocked inside the box. Thanks, Suzanne, for shaking me up, and for your thinking outside the box.

  25. 2-11

    We had lots of blackberry cobbler. All other fruit went into pies. I’d never heard of a slump before, but the others were familiar terms, but I didn’t know what one different from the other. Seems to all be related to the crust or topping. I was thinking how it would sound to hear Julia Child(in her french accent and high pitched voice)say, ‘Today, we are going to make a slump’.

  26. 2-11

    I definitely will use this recipe. We eat pears often and sometimes I heat them with golden raisins. This sounds great. Thanks.

  27. 2-11

    Looks like this uses whole old fashioned oats….rather than the oatmeal…like quick cook?
    Are you using whole oats…? Would it matter except making the mixture a little more thick….with the meal…

  28. 2-11

    :hissyfit: :purpleflower: Yum!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so tired from shoveling snow I can’t make this today, but know it will be good! Hope you guys are ok!

  29. 2-11

    UMMMMMMMM! I’m looking in the pantry right now to see if I got everything I need to make this tonight! Thanks for sharing! :)

  30. 2-11

    B. Ruth, yes, that’s what I mean. Does that sound confusing? I’ll go fix it!

  31. 2-11

    That looks yummy! :hungry: I will make that real soon. I am making a rhubarb pie for my husband for Valentines day. He won’t be expecting that!

  32. 2-11

    Looks so good for a cold winter evening. How do you freeze your pears. You mentioned in the post that you “freeze in syrup”, is this a syrup you make? I’m trying to learn to freeze and can. :?

  33. 2-11

    I wrote about how I freeze pears in this post:

  34. 2-12

    Wow – that looks amazing! Sometimes we have crockpot apple cobbler for breakfast in the winter! I will have to try this recipe with the pears. Yum!

  35. 2-12

    Okay, this is a must-try. I made your Over-the-Top Cinnamon Buns today and they were superb!

  36. 1-19

    Looks good! I’m going to try it tonight.

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