Asian Pear Crumble

by angelika on August 15, 2011

There is no faster dessert than a crumble. Okay, maybe a cheese plate or fresh fruit, but when it comes to baked easy desserts, a crumble is definitely something you want in your repertoire. A crumble is as easy to make as mixing together butter, sugar and flour and sprinkling it atop some sliced fruit. When baked you are treated to a warm and gooey, sweet and crunchy bite of heaven.

We have an asian pear tree that is exploding right now, so we picked a few choice pears and threw them in the oven with a little topping and a delicious dessert we had. I love the way asian pears, in particular, hold their firmness in a crumble. I think they might be my favorite fruit to treat this way. Truth be told, I have yet to have a crumble I didn’t like. If you have some fresh fruit and want to make a delicious dessert, this is the idea for you. Any fruit, a little topping, and ice cream is optional.

Asian Pear Crumble
serves 4
5 small asian pears, cored and sliced 
juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 350º.
Peel and core the pears and then slice them about 1″ thick. Put the slices into a bowl waiting with the juice of half a lemon making sure that each new addition is coated in lemon juice. 
In a bowl combine the flour and sugar. Add the cinnamon and salt.  Add the cubed butter and combine. I like to use a pastry blender. You can also use a food processor or a mixer. You want larger bits of butter than you would for a pastry crust. Pearl sized. 

I used a smaller baking dish wanting just to make enough for my family to eat dessert with none left over. (Mr. Fabulous blames this blog for a few extra pounds) If you you want to make this for more people, double the crumble recipe and use a whole lemon. This process is so forgiving. Pour your fruit into the baking dish and cover it with the crumble topping. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until it is golden and bubbly. 

Serve warm, and with a scoop of Coconut Bliss or Ice Cream.
A votre santé!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Zaira August 16, 2011 at 12:04 am

looks good! I'd never seen a crumble made without oats before. Love cooked pears!


Angelika August 16, 2011 at 1:53 am

I love oatmeal crumbles, but not on Pears. On peaches oatmeal is divine!


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