Apple and pear crumble

Posted on: October 30th, 2011 by admin 3 Comments

I am one of those weird people who likes slightly unripe fruit.  I hate mushy anything including peaches, mangoes, pears etc…  I just cannot stand softness and juice.  Which means, once fruit has ripened in my house, I usually cook with it!  Crazy I know.  I’ve been trying to bake more crumbles and crisps this year, because they are so easy and so delicious.  Warm stewed fruits with a crunch ontop, what’s not to love?  I didn’t think I would enjoy the pears stewed, just because I thought their flavor would be slightly overpowering for the apples, but I was wrong.  The combination is fantastic.

For the crumble

  • 1/2 c plain flour
  • 1/2 c ground almonds
  • a handful of crushed macadamias (optional, but so good!
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (brown is best but use whatever)
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 30 g butter

For the fruit filling

  • 2 apples, cored, peeled and cut into chunks (use any apples, but Granny Smith or Cortland are a good go to)
  • 2 pears, cored, peeled and cut into chunks (use any kind you prefer)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF)

In a saucepan on the stove on low heat, add the fruit filling ingredients. Let stew gently for about 10 minutes.

While your fruit is simmering, mix together the crumble dry ingredients – flour, nuts, cinnamon and sugar and then use your hands to rub in the butter.  You should be able to press the mixture together so it loosely holds together in clumps.

Grease 4 individual ramekins or one 20 cm (8 in) ceramic baking dish.  Load in all the fruit and then top with the crumble mixture. Bake in the oven for 20 -30 minutes, or until the crumble is browned and the fruit is bubbling.   The smaller ones will cook faster than the bigger one.

I like this fall favorite served with unsweetened whipped cream.  Just be careful not to eat then straight from the oven as they’ll be super hot.

Song for this recipe:

“If the shoe fits” – The Dead Leaves If the Shoe Fits - Single - The Dead Leaves

The Dead Leaves are a newish Australian band, with the lead singer Matt Joe Gow hailing from NZ originally.  The band first served as his backing band on an earlier album, but their upcoming new release (Cities on the Sea) homogenizes the band and singer into one.  Their sound is a good mix, clear vocals and washy guitar, but not all-together unique, I see some major influence from the National and maybe Grizzly Bear and Joy Division.  I look forward to hearing the whole album, but in the meantime this single is perfect for my Sunday baking session.

Inspiration for this recipe came from food and style

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3 Responses

  1. I like green bananas. This looks yummy! I am particular about my pears too! I tend to throw them into a pie when they start to get too soft. A crumble is a much easier solution. I need to remember that.

  2. Great apple and pear pairing, the crumble looks delicious!

  3. Mrs.M says:

    I am the same way, I do not like mushy fruit in the least. I love mixed berry crumble, much more tart.

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