Pear and pomegranate crumble flavored with fresh orange zest and vanilla paste is simple dessert that is impressive enough to serve on a weeknight or for a more lavish holiday dessert.
Crumble is the Answer to a Quick Dessert
When I am craving a quick dessert without much fuss, I turn to crumbles. See, crumbles are like cooking. Not much measuring, go with the flow and use what you have on hand, sort of dessert.
Different fruit combinations with a good dash of sugar and good ole' flour and butter topping is all you need. Once you get that down, flavor combinations are endless.
Pear and Pomegranate Crumble
- Aromatics and flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and orange go so well with pear and pomegranate. Lemon or grapefruit would work in place of orange if you need a substitute.
- Topping includes flour, sugar, butter and oats, though oats can be eliminated if needed.
- Pears are slightly sweet yet hold up to the baking. I used peeled and chopped d'anjou pears.
- Pomegranate seeds hulled from a fresh pomegranate or pre-prepped, even frozen pomegranate arils will work. They are a bit tart and plump slightly as the crumble bakes.
Pear Crumble Instructions
1. In a medium bowl, add together all the topping ingredients (flour, brown sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon and nutmeg and cold butter. Use your finger tips to mix everything together and break up the butter until it is the sizes of peas. Don't be afraid to get your hands in there to really break the butter up.
2. In another bowl make the filling. Add together the chopped pears, pomegranate seeds, orange zest and juice of lemon and orange, vanilla paste, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, salt and white sugar. Give everything a good mix.
3. Butter the inside of an oven safe casserole dish and pour fruit mixture into the dish.
4. Top with the topping and gently press the topping down onto the fruit mixture.
5. Place the crumble on a foil lined baking sheet just in case of any spills and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40-45 minutes. When done, topping should be lightly golden browned and fruit bubbling.
6. Once done, let the crumble sit for a good 5 minutes since it will be very hot, then enjoy!
Pear and Pomegranate Crumble
- Pre-heat Oven: to 375 degrees Fahrenheit while you prep the rest of the recipe.
- Make the Topping: In a medium bowl add the flour and butter and use your fingers to break up the butter until its the size of small peas. Add the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix everythign together.
- Make the Filling: In another bowl, add the chopped pears, pomegranate seeds, lemon and orange zest and juice, vanilla paste, spices, flour, sugar and pinch of salt. Give everything a good mix.
- Pour Mixture into Dish: Lightly butter the inside of a small-medium oven safe casserole dish (a 3 cup souffle dish works well) and spoon fruit mixture into the dish.
- Add Topping: Top the fruit mixture with the oat topping, gently pressing down to topping sticks.
- Bake Crumble: Place cruble on a foil lined baking sheet (just in case there is any spillage) and bake for 40-45 minutes. When done, topping should be lightly browned and fruit bubbling.
- Let Crumble Sit: It will be very hot so allow the crumble to cool down for at least 5 miutes before serving.