Spiced Maple Pear Crumble

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Crumble is one of those dishes that everybody knows and loves and really everybody ought to know how to rustle up in its most basic form. It is a classic and a staple and you’ll find one in every cafeteria, restaurant and school canteen year round in some form.

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However because of this, the humble crumble doesn’t always get the praise and recognition it deserves. It can become boring, mundane and samey – not always a bad thing but there is so much more to this dessert than a bag of frozen fruit and a white flour, sugar and butter topping.

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Nigella inspired me to turn up the volume a bit with strawberries and almonds in the mix, but this recipe is to turn up the notch a little more. Simple additions and swaps turn a homely crumble into a showstopping dessert, such as cardamom, smoky maple and wholesome nutty grains like rye and oats.

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Ingredients: Serves 8

For the topping:

  • 2 cups rye flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 8 ripe pears
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp rye flour

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180’c/350’f and have ready a 8-9 inch baking dish or similar or miniature individual serving dishes.
  2. Mix together the topping ingredients to a crumble in a bowl with a fork to give uneven pieces of rubble.
  3. Core the pears, I leave them unpeeled but that’s your choice. Cut into chunks or quarters and arrange in the dish(es) and scatter over the vanilla, maple and flour and give a little toss to coat all the pears.
  4. Tumble over the crumble topping, leaving it uneven but covering all the pears.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the filling is oozing out the sides and the topping is crisp and golden.
  6. Serve with cool vegan ice cream or steaming custard.

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Nutritional Benefits

Low in saturated fat

No cholesterol

Very low in sodium

High in dietary fiber

Very high in manganese

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14 Responses to Spiced Maple Pear Crumble

  1. I’ve never met a crumble I didn’t eat way too much of.

  2. This looks scrumptious! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  3. I LOVE crumbles! And crisps. I don’t care what they look like, they taste incredible!

  4. Tami says:

    It’s beautiful and crumbles are a favorite of mine!

  5. Sophie33 says:

    I love, love crumbles & love maple syrup in my crumbles too,…divine served with hot pouring vegan custard! OOOh yes, a big bowl, please! Yummmm! X

  6. pinkiebag says:

    Oh you can’t beat a crumble.

  7. I don’t know what it is but these past few weeks I’ve been craving pear so much. Might have to give this a go

  8. bkinigrl says:

    This looks soooo delicious!

  9. Oh this looks yummylicious

  10. Sophie33 says:

    I made it & loved it so much, Poppy! Excellent it was! xxx

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