Monday, October 27, 2008

spiced apple and pear crumble.

Yes, here I go again with another apple recipe, but hey, it's fall, right? Here in Portland the leaves have almost all changed to vibrant colors, the air is crisp and windy, and folks all over are dressed in sweaters and bright scarves. If that's not enough to inspire frequent traditional Autumn baking then I don't know what is.

I really do not have much to say about this recipe. It's simple, fragrant, and mighty tasty, just like any apple/pear dessert should be. Go ahead, eat it with friends using spoons right out of the baking dish, with fall foliage in view. Or share it in bed with your honey under a warm blanket, with vanilla bean ice cream piled on top. Or even cut the recipe down, make yourself a single serving, and enjoy some alone time out on the porch with a good book and a thick scarf. It's better that way.

Spiced Apple and Pear Crumble


3 baking apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
3 ripe but firm red pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, diced, plus more for buttering the dish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toss apples and pears with lemon juice and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Stir in cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and toss well to combine. Spread fruit evenly in a buttered baking dish and set aside.

Combine flour, oats, brown sugar and salt in a food processor. Add butter to flour mixture, then pulse several times to incorporate butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse meal. Evenly spread the topping over the fruit, pressing down slightly with your fingers. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until fruit is tender, juices are bubbly and topping is crisp.


maya said...

apple spice and pear crumble, great recipe, looks so oat-y and good..great images as always..i love you blog and photography very inspiring.

VeggieGirl said...


Keep the apple recipes coming, please!! :0)

eatincalgary said...

seems quite easy to make and very tasty... but my all times favorite (and easiest quick snack) for apples is:

Stephanie said...

yummy. you can never have to many delicious apple filled foods in the autumn.

Roshan said...

As someone who does not know how to cook, I would like to thank you profoundly for making this blog.

Pacing the Panic Room said...

I love your site. I just found it from a link to your "WTF Broccoli" Post! I am so excited to go to the grocery store now and get in that frozen food section. Anyway! I feel like I hit the jackpot finding this blog. Love the photography.

Passionfruit Butter said...

i should just say that i'm pretty new to the blog world and just stumbled upon yours -- i share your adoration for and and appreciation of food (that's what my blog is about). the problem is that i'm not as good with the creative/constructive aspect and can't instantly conceive a genius idea. luckily I can follow a recipe, so i'll be stealing numerous ones from here... thanks! i adore this.

heidi said...

Your photography always rocks. I passed along a blog award to you and the details are on my blog. Cheers!

MomCO3 said...

Mmm. I love to toss in cranberries (usually frozen) with the apples, or blueberries with the pears.

Maria said...

The crumble looks great. I love the apples and pears!

Miss Gina said...

I've been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I finally got the time to make this recipe. It was SO good! The combination of the apples and pears was perfect.

I'll be making the squash soup tomorrow.

Keep em coming =)

James said...

I would like to say that you really made my day, it's wonderful when you just look around the web
and find something like this, reminds me of that ''How to make a dinner for a romantic...'' by Elsa Thomas,
you're a wonderful writer let me tell you!!! ñ_ñ

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