I ended up patting down the topping like the recipe called for, but I think I patted it too much. I normally like a more crumbly topping, but it didn't impact the outcome. I served this with whipped cream and it was wonderful. The dried cherries became slightly plump - yum. Oh - I did add a bit more flour to the fruit because when draining the pears, I realized that there was a bit extra juice and I wanted to make sure it thickened up nicely, which it did. I would definitely make this again!
I forgot my camera at home, so I don't have any pictures of the crisp cut, with the whipping cream - oops!