Hi there, today you’re going to have the love of the holidays fill your heart. See I didn’t say christmas there? Yeah that’s right maybe im pulling a Obama here! Besides that point I’m writing this blog about pears and cranberries and an easy holiday dessert to take to a party maybe or to eat by yourself because I will eat this for a whole week. But we get into how awkward I am and won’t go to a holiday party or any party in general. I mean This is the beginning of the season to make people know you’ve got skills in the kitchen so I did have a hard time deciding on what to make first. Now as I write this I am planning my next post and that’s, extreme, EXTREME baking! okay maybe I’m in need of a break. okay yes let’s get started!
So of course you start with peeling you pears and coring them. Now you can use any pear type you want I used comice its a very sweet pear but you do also want a more firm type pear because if not it will get mushy when you do bake them and that’s never a good thing I mean unless you are feeding an old person with no teeth but ew seriously, who wants to think of that… Sorry everyone has that thought in their head.
Lets have a different thought. I’m thinking about several things right now, and I’m looking outside on a rainy day right now and I need to work this evening I wish blogging was an excuse to call out of work this evening I want to get started on this homemade Limoncello for my dad for christmas. Dad if you are reading this disregard I said that just leave this page right now! This post is total ADD today. I can’t help it and I am not sorry. Back to this crumble.
So this is the part of this recipe where you bring the pears and cranberries together and create love from your heart and the magical crumble with spices. I mean who knows seriously you may have unicorns popping out of your oven when you make this, or attract the opposite sex. Seriously who knows? This is the holidays crazy things happen. Like creepy people trying to kiss you under mistletoe like whoever came up with that crazy idea or saying so should be sued for invading people personal space EW whatever I mean I rather trapped in the mall with crazy shoppers than have that happen. You can probably guess I was one of those kids that only saw Santa once growing up because I cried, I think my father said my mother only took me once because of that and never took me to see any other weird holiday thing ever again but it’s awkward sitting on a strangers lap! am I wrong? Maybe I’m going overboard with this mistletoe personal space thing way too far. Any who let’s get to the end of this crumble.
The secret to an awesome crumble? Extra crumble! I add a hearty amount of crumble topping right into the fruit. Just… yes! Oh why yes that is a dexter mug it was a gift from a guy knowing I am a dexter fan but after that I didn’t know if that was a gesture of hey let’s go out I’m not well at reading signals like that just ask me out like the lady I am and not buy me gifts thinking we are going to hang out with you at your house and watch you play video games because that my friends that is NOT a date but anyway here is everything you will need to know about this recipe!
Pear and Cranberry Crumble
makes 1 8×8-inch dish
For the Filling:
4 ripe but still firm pears (I prefer Bosc or comice pears)
1 heaping cup fresh cramberries (I meant cranberries)
3 tablespoons granulated (brown sugar will also work)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
sprinkling of fresh lemon juice
For the Topping:
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup granulated sugar (just use more brown sugar if you don’t have granulated)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature and cut into cubes
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take out an 8×8-inch baking dish and set aside.
First prepare the filling. Cut the top stem and bottom butt off of each pear. The bottom will give you a stable base to peel the pears. Use a small paring knife to peel the pears. Slice each pear in half. Use a small teaspoon to gently run down the length of the inside of the pear, removing the fiberous inside spine, and then scooping out the seeds. Dice the pears into hearty bite-size chunks and place in baking dish. Pour cranberries into dish. Top with sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Toss lightly and set aside.
Next prepare the topping. Whisk together flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and oats. Add unsalted butter and incorporate with your fingers. Work the butter into the topping mixture until it is well incorporated and some butter bits are still the size of oat flakes or small peas. Add about 1/3 of the topping mixture to the pear and cranberry mixture. Toss to incorporate. Place the remaining topping on top of the mixture.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, until bubbly and delicious smelling.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes before serving. This dish is perfect served warm with vanilla ice cream.
Crumble lasts for up to 3 days, covered, in the fridge