Pear and Apple Crumble

Everyone knows it's autumn when the leaves start falling. We have red eaves on our house and I love it when they fall.

For me crumble is a pudding for autumn and winter. Especialy pear crumble.

I add spices to mine. Sadly I have a cold and could not taste the spices. Argh.

First we measure out the crumble topping ingredients: flour, butter, sugar. There is also a bit of ground almonds in the crumble but I forgot to take a photo of them. Oops.

We then add the butter and the flour together and rub between our fingers until we get something that looks a lot like porridge oats.

The sugar is then added and mixed in. Ooh. And then I mixed in the ground almonds. This will add texture and flavour.

We then shove the crumble topping in the fridge and start chopping pears. OMG peeling pears is hard. They are so slippery they end up flying everywhere. And the mess was amazing. Luckily I didn't catch that on camera :)

We then shove that all in our bowl and add some Chinese 5 spice powder. This powder is useful and adds real warmth to things so you should keep some in a jar in the cupboard because you never know when you would need it! Drizzle (or glug) it with some orange juice and your nearly done.

Lastly we add on that chilled crumble topping and tada! You can add the spice to the fruit or the topping but I find the fruit sucks it up as its cooking so you get more flavour.

Enough of me talking, let's get on with the recipe...

Ingredients for the topping from Nigella Lawsons 'How to Eat'

120g self-rasing flour

90g butter, cold and cut into small cubes

3 tbsp muscovado sugar

3 tbsp caster sugar

3 tbsp ground almonds (my addition)

8 pears(medium to large)

2 apples

2-3 glugs of orange juice

2 tsp of chinese 5 spice powder*

Crumble is super easy to make. Take the flour and add the butter, rubbing them together until it resembles porridge oats(or oatmeal oats). Then add the sugar and ground almonds and chill until needed.

For the filling take your fruit and peel and core them. Chop into smallish pieces and put in your desired dish. Add the orange juice and sprinkle with the spices. Top with the crumble and cook for about 30-35 minutes in an oven on 190 degrees.

Hot and out the oven!
*Chinese 5 spice powder:


Ground fennel seed

Ground cloves

Ground white pepper

More of the first two. Less of the cloves. Even less of the pepper.


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