Apple and Pear Crumble…could it really be the way to a man’s heart?

the lovely co. dished up one of our signature recipes last night – Apple and Pear Crumble. Mr Lovely thought all his Christmases had come at once. Little does he know that it only takes about 20 minutes to prepare. Sssh, let’s keep this ‘slaving over a hot oven’ ruse going as long as possible.

It’s such a simple and unpretentious dish, though we’ve always found it to be a real winner at dinner parties. We think it might have something to do with the combination of the crunchy crumble topping, hot sweet fruit and cold ice cream. Mmm…delicious.

The best thing is that you really can use whatever fruit you want (though we find things like apples and stone fruits seem to work better). It just so happened that yesterday we had quite a few granny smith apples and a couple of pears, but it would also be scrumptious with rhubarb or plum. You’ll also find that the more you make it, the less important the measurements will become. We’re happy to tell you that it is a very forgiving recipe, the only ‘must-do’ is making sure you have used enough butter in your topping to ensure a good consistency (when cooked it should be crunchy on top and a little bit chewy underneath).

Anyway, we hope you enjoy this recipe. Please let us know if you try it!

Have a lovely day. x.

Apple and Pear Crumble (serves 4 generously)

The measurements below are based on a 15cm square dish, 5cm high. If you have  larger dish, simply double the amounts below.

2 pears (peeled, cored and chopped)

4-5 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored and chopped)

Dash of vanilla extract (or you can use vanilla essence if that’s all you have)

3 tablespoons water

1 cup of rolled oats

3/4 cup plain flour

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

1/2 cup caster sugar

Good shake of ground cinnamon (about 1/2 teaspoon)

125g unsalted butter (melted)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees (fan forced), 190 degrees (no fan).
  2. Place chopped fruit, vanilla and water in a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until soft, but not stewed.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients and mix well, then add melted butter. Fold through with a wooden spoon until the dry ingredients are well combined and coated with the butter. If it seems too dry, add a little more melted butter.
  4. Place your cooked fruit in a baking dish and top with the crumble mixture. Bake for 25-30 mins or until golden brown.
  5. Serve while still hot with ice cream or custard. Yum!

Apple and Pear Crumble

 

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