Matzo crisp is an easy Passover dessert filled with sweet pears and topped with an irresistible matzo and pistachio crisp.
Easy Passover Dessert
There is a lot of cooking when it comes to the Jewish holiday of Passover. Red wine brisket is always on the menu as well as homemade lemon saffron matzo ball soup. So when it comes to dessert, we like to keep it very simple but still delicious!
This is where our beloved pear crisp comes into play that is effortless and always a crowd pleaser. Red anjou pears are the star of this matzo crisp, as they are slightly soft and sweet and perfect for a baked dessert.
The crisp topping couldn’t be easier. Mix matzo meal with softened butter, cinnamon and crushed pistachios, for added flavor and texture. Then scatter the topping all over the pears and bake until the fruit is condensed and bubbly and topping is lightly golden brown.
Matzo Pear Crisp Ingredients
Red Anjou Pears: Are sweet and fresh and perfect for a baked dessert. I like to peel the pears and chop into uniform cubes to bake evenly.
Matzo Meal: Because there is no leavened bread consumed during Passover, matzo meal is often used as a crisp, binder or coating. You can often find matzo meal at most grocery stores or you can make your own by grinding up matzo crackers into fine crumbs.
Pistachios: Raw and chopped, pistachios work so well with sweet pears.
Cinnamon: Another fantastic accompaniment to both the pears and pistachios.
Butter: Unsalted and softened and worked into the matzo crisp layer.
Sugar: Both brown sugar and white sugar are used in both the fruit mixture and topping.
Matzo Crisp with Pears and Pistachios
- 4 red Anjou pears peeled, cored and chut into ½ inch cubes
- ¼. cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- Softened butter for greasing baking dish
- Ice cream for serving
- ½ cup matzo meal
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter softened and cut into cubes
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup chopped pistachios + more for garnish
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- For the filling, add cubed pears, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and lemon juice to a bowl and toss to combine.
- Grease a medium sized baking dish with a small amount of butter and pour pear filling in.
- For the topping, add matzo meal, softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to a bowl and use your fingers to work the butter in.
- Scatter matzo streusel onto the pears along with the chopped pistachios and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the pears are tender.
- Once done, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Serve with ice cream and garnish with chopped pistachios.