Little pear and blueberry crumbles

What is it with pears? They sit for weeks, rock hard, then you turn around for two minutes and they’re decomposing into a pool of sticky mush in the fruit bowl. I managed to catch three as they were just on the cusp – too mushy to eat as is, but still edible nonetheless. Seeing an opportunity to also use up some of my frozen blueberries, a dessert was born.

Kipper was very keen to help make these. In fact it was she who insisted we make three little individual ones instead of a big one to share. Although in the event she decided she’d rather have some grapes and melon for her dessert. Whatever. Let her take the healthier option – more yummy crumble for me!

I used ground hazelnuts here because I think they go really well with pears, but you could substitute other ground nuts if you prefer. You could substitute other fruits, too, I suppose.  Mind you, then they wouldn’t be pear and blueberry crumbles.

This made three little pear and blueberry crumbles.

pear and blueberry crumble

The crisp, sweet topping of this little pear and blueberry crumble hides the juicy fruit beneath

Little pear and blueberry crumbles

You will need:
300-350g ripe pears
60g blueberries (frozen, in my case)
40g plain flour
20g ground hazelnuts
30g margarine or butter
45g golden caster sugar

What to do:
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Peel and core the pears, and discard any mushy bits. Chop the flesh and divide between three ramekins, oven-proof cups or other dishes. Add 1/3 of the blueberries to each ramekin.
You can make the crumble topping by hand or in a food processor. Combine the flour, ground hazelnuts and margarine (or butter) to form crumbs. Add the sugar and mix to give a ‘wet sand’ consistency. Divide this equally between the ramekins and spread over the fruit.
Place the crumbles on a baking tray and bake at 180C for 35-40 minutes until browning on top.
Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
Delicious with vanilla ice-cream, cream or custard…

pear and blueberry crumble - all gone!

pear and blueberry crumble – all gone!


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