Poached pear crumble 

Contained in a tiny dish, is all you’ve ever wanted (and more) from a warming and hearty dessert. Grab a spoon and invite yourself to poached pear Heaven, laced with golden honey and all encapsulated in a soft and subtly crunchy crumble. It is the season of the Bosc pear and it is definitely acceptable for you to drool over a good ‘ole crumble that bears it’s name, all with the end result of banishing the cold and frosty winds outside. In fact no, drool no more because here’s the recipe; try it and realise there is literally no turning back once you get a taste for lovely warm and sweet soft pear…mmmm…

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Preparation time:

10 minutes

 

Cooking time:

50 minutes

 

Makes:

2 poached pear crumbles

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You will need…

🍁 2 pears

🍂 500ml water

🍁 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder/1 cinnamon stick

🍄 1/2 tsp vanilla powder/1 tsp vanilla extract/1 vanilla pod

🍂 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder/grated nutmeg

🍁 2 tbsp locally sourced honey

🍂 Squeeze of lemon

🍁 110g plain flour

🍂 2 tbsp olive butter

🍁 Up to an additional 2 tbsp honey

🍂 (Optional) Alpro single soya milk/Alpro coconut cream to serve

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How to make:

1) In a pan, add in the water, spices, honey and lemon, bring to the boil to allow flavours to be released and mix, turn down the heat and simmer whilst you peel the pears.

2) After peeling, cut off the bottom so they can stand upright; add to the pan and bring to the boil once more. Reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes, with the lid off and turn the pears periodically.

3) Whilst waiting for the pears, in a bowl rub together the flour and butter with your fingers until you get a fine breadcrumb-like texture.

4) Place the pears in individual ramekins and drizzle 1/2 tsp of honey around them. Add 3 tbsp of the crumble to each pear, and drizzle again with more honey. Add the rest of the crumble and, again again, more honey (honey is the very best in allll situations).

5) Bake in your preheated oven on the middle shelf for 30 minutes; serve alone, with more honey(!), or with cream.

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