What’s in Season: Pear Apple Crumble

With cold weather blanketing much of the country as we head into Spring, it’s worth letting winter have its last hurrah with this fruity treat that can be served warm or cold.

I originally developed the fruit filling for a pie, but it also turned out to be perfect for this laid-back dessert (or breakfast!).

I like using a mix of apples along with firm pears for their different flavors and textures, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand. And as always, serve with a heaping dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.

Apple Pear Crumble

Unsalted butter for greasing
2 pounds (about 4 large) apples (can be mixture of sweet and tart apples like Golden Delicious and Granny Smith)
1 pound (about 2 large) firm pears
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon coarse salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan; set aside.

2. Peel and core the apples and pears, and cut into ¼-inch slices. Transfer the fruit to a large bowl and toss with lemon juice, sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla.

3. In another large bowl, add the remaining flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and remaining cinnamon. Lightly mix with your hands. Add the butter and work the mixture together with your fingers until it has a coarse consistency with pea-sized bits of crumbles. Scatter the mixture over the fruit, and bake in the oven until bubbly and golden brown, about 45 minutes. Serve warm or cool with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Photo Credit: Jerome Scholler/Shutterstock.com

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