Pears are in season, plentiful and cheap at the moment. Now that autumn is here, we are starting to enjoy more warming meals. I haven’t baked a dessert for ages – in summer we generally just have fresh fruit and ice-creams. It was lovely to prepare some pear crumbles to have following our Lamb Roast. I baked them in individual ramekins and we enjoyed them with some creamy vanilla custard. A delicious home style dessert.
For this crumble recipe, the pears were firstly poached in maple syrup until just tender. The crumble is a mix of rolled oats and flour which give it a nice crunchy texture – a bit like an Anzac biscuit. This recipe also works well with apples, or a combination of apples and pears.
- 4 pears, peeled and sliced
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup plain (all purpose) flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 80 g (1/3 cup) butter, chopped
- Place pears, cinnamon, maple syrup, water, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a saucepan. Bring to boil, then simmer covered for approximately 5-8 minutes until pears are softened.
- Divide pears into 4 ramekins.
- To make crumble, mix oats, flour and sugar in a bowl. Add chopped butter and rub in with your fingertips until it resembles a crumble. Cover each ramekin with a few tablespoons of crumble mixture.
- Place ramekins in preheated moderate over for 15-20 minutes or until crumble is cooked and golden.
- Serve warm with custard.