A pearing made in heaven!

Left with a glut of pears I set about thinking what pudding to make for Sunday dinner. I came across this one and thought I’d give it a try

WOW – the best crumble I have ever tasted! The chocolate melts as it cooks to form a luscious sauce around the pears and the addition of toasted hazelnut adds a lovely crunch and nutty flavour. Serve with vanilla ice cream or custard.

• 8 pears, peeled, cored and cubed
• Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
• 50g golden caster sugar
• 100g Plain Chocolate with Ginger, roughly chopped
• For the crumble
• 175g butter, chilled and diced
• 200g plain flour
• 50g toasted Chopped Hazelnuts
• 50g porridge Oats
• 125g demerara sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.
2. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir through the hazelnuts, oats and sugar.
3. Peel and core the pears and chop into bite sized chunks. Quickly combine in the lemon juice and place in an ovenproof dish. Add the sugar. Scatter the chocolate over the top
4. Place the crumble mixture on top of the pear mixture, and place on a baking sheet.
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.
6. Serve the crumble warm with ice cream or chill and serve with extra thick cream and the reduced pear juice.

Christine Thompson

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