Apple and Pear Crumble
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Serves: 12-16 servings
The ultimate fall desert – apples and pears. I must say that I never thought about putting them together until just recently, then gave myself a giant dope slap on the side of the head for waiting so long to come up with it. The tart apples mixed with the sweet pears is a match made in heaven, and then we toss in some cinnamon, sugar and let nature take its course. The topping is a crumble that is full of butter, oats and almonds, and adds just the perfect compliment to the fruit. Check it out.
  • 4-5 large ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 8 Granny Smith or other favorite baking apple, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons good quality cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup slivered almonds (or chopped Marcona almonds)
  • 1 stick butter (cold – cut into 8 pieces)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sliced pears and apples. Toss with sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. Pour into a buttered 13x9 inch-baking dish.
  3. Cover baking dish and bake the fruit mixture for about 30 minutes, or until fruit is softened.
  4. Remove from oven and add the crumble topping:
  5. To make the topping: Stir to combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  6. Using a food processor, pulse in the butter until crumbly. If you don’t have a food processor, work the butter in with your hands, or use a pastry blender (or two knives crisscrossing through the mixture).
  7. Toss in the almonds and oats until well incorporated.
  8. Smoosh by handfuls on top of the fruit mixture.
  9. Bake until bubbly and fruit is softened. This will probably take 30-45 minutes.
Recipe by Bird's Nest Bites at