21 January 2008

Pear & Ginger Crumble


This is my entry for this month's In the Bag, a food event run by Julia at A Slice of Cherry Pie.

Julia is some lady! Along with her wonderful blog, she also set up and runs the UK Food Bloggers Association and a wonderful new foodie forum! I don't know how she fits it all in! So if you haven't visited, have a look today! On a side note, there is a new book club on the forum. There is still time if you want to join us reading our first selection, Half of a Yellow Sun.

Ok, back to the main event! The ingredients this month are: Pears, a lemon and nuts. So I present, for your delectation, a Pear and Ginger Crumble.


Pear & Ginger Crumble

3 pears, peeled and chopped into chunks
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tbsp demerara sugar
3 heaped tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon


crumble topping

100g plain flour
50g porridge oats (I used a porridge oat mix with raisins)
100g demerara sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
100g unsalted butter
peel from 1 lemon
2 tbsp almonds


Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

Toss the pears in the lemon juice as you chop them, then heat the pears, sugar and spices in a small pan for 3-4 minutes until the pears begin to soften, then set aside.

For the topping, tip all the dry ingredients together with the butter and rub with your fingers until you have a course crumble mixture.

Pour the pears into an ovenproof dish and pile on the crumble mix. Sprinle with brown sugar and almonds and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the topping is gorgeously golden brown and crunchy.

Serve with cold vanilla ice cream or hot creamy custard

This crumble was amazing! I was a bit worried, while it was cooking, that it looked full of juice, but this turned into a beautifully gooey sauce. I also added brown sugar and almonds to the top of the crumble and this was a great success. The sugar turned to toffee and the almonds added a nice crunch.

Here a few other crumble recipes:

Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble - Tinned Tomatoes

Almond, Greengage & Plum Crumble - Little Bird Eats

Pear & Cranberry Crumble - Closet Cooking

Apple Crisp - Besides Pizza

22 comments:

  1. Oh Holler, thank you so much for such a lovely post, and for the forum shout! You're very sweet, as is your pudding - it looks fabulous!

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  2. Thanks Julia, it was all well deserved!

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  3. Looks great Holler! I have trying to use more pears lately becuase they are a very good source of fiber (you know, with the new year health thing going on). So here is a perfect place for them, in a crumble!

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  4. Hope you try it out Deb, with a glass of good white wine! And I didn't know they were a goodd source of fibre!

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  5. What a wonderful crumble! I am thinking of that song "I'd tumble for you..." but with Crumble instead. With custard to boot! Yum.

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  6. Ahhh, the last pic completed me, with the 2 scoops of ice cream and I don't care if it's -14C, I'm having ice cream!

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  7. The ginger sounds like an interesting addition to a pear crumble. I will have to try it. Warm fruit crumble with melting vanilla ice cream is the best!

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  8. I'm a big fan of pears and this crumble looks delicious!

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  9. Love pears, love crumble :-) I'm with Peter on the icecream - even though I trying hard to be good at the moment...

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  10. I love that crumbles are simple to make and oh-so-satisfying to eat. Pears and gingers are a lovely combination.

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  11. Mmm gooey sauce plus toffee topping sounds good!

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  12. Yummy that looks very satisfying. I especially love it with ice cream!

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  13. Oh, this looks good. Speaking as one indifferent to puddings, this is a complement! ;)

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  14. Hi Cakespy, Thanks for visiting! So custard for you then? By the way, I love your artwork, especially the tote bags!

    Hi Peter, How can you want ice cream when it is so very cold, you must have good heating in your house!

    You are right Kevin, it was very good and such a treat, only my second crumble of the year!

    Thanks for that Mike!

    Hi Jen, don't kid me girl! I saw that wicked banana bread!

    Hi Susan, I immediately thought of adding ginger, once i had decided on a pear crumble and it worked so well, it gave the flavour a real oomph!

    Hi Ashley, The textures were good, the grainy, juicey texture of the pear, the gooey sauce, the crunch of the topping and the chewy toffee, yum!

    Hi Jenn, I am with you about the ice cream, although I wouldn't turn it down with custard!

    Hi Wendy, Thanks for that! I just cannot believe you don't like puddings, what's not to like? Do you at least like chocolate?

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  15. looks lovely and wintery and melt in the mouth - yum!

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  16. This looks delicious - I am a huge ginger fan, so anything that contains ginger gets a huge tick from me.

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  17. Hi Johanna, it was yum!

    Hey Cakelaw, Thanks for visiting! I like ginger too and have used a huge amount of it this winter, it is definitely an essential in the store cupboard.

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  18. Ooh, erm... bananas have lots of fibre and... chocolate is kind of good for you... Nope, think I've been busted! :-) I'm 'mostly' trying to be good - but you have to have treats ;-)

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  19. This is a great entry into the event for this month Holler!Pear and ginger are an excellent combination for a crumble.

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  20. Jen, I have to say, that the banana bread is gorgeous, I made it tonight, you are my baking guru!

    Hi Val, I wish there was some left!

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  21. Your crumble just looks amazing! I love the idea of the ginger with the pears and of the almonds for the extra crunch. I think I'm gonna be baking crumble soon...
    Myriam.

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  22. Lovely looking crumble Holler. Well done.

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