Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Maple Pear Crunchy Crumble

Knowing that Lena, from Frozen wings, Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and I are baking this dessert for our bake-along, I can't stop thinking and relating this dessert to my maple-glazed apples which I have cooked with my buttermilk pancake post.

After enjoying the maple-glazed apples so much, I thought of making this dessert all according to Zoe's ways. Here are my concepts of transformations:

First is to infuse the maple flavours into pears as much as possible. To do that, I have to slow-roast my pears in maple syrup instead of cutting them into pieces and assemble them as crumble.

Second is to eat this dessert with nice, crispy and crunchy crumble. To do that, I had to bake my crumble mix separately from the pear mixture.

Third is not to hide these beautiful walnut from this dessert. Being part of core ingredients, I had roasted some intact walnuts separately so that they are prominently tasted as part of this whole gastronomic action. LOL!

Last and most important of all is the selection of pears. Based on Australian Pears, I am using Beurré Bosc variety which I reckon they are the best option for baking.

Here I am presenting Maple Pear Crunchy Crumble, all baked according to "Zoe's ways"... LOL!

maple pear crunchy crumble
Sweet maple-infused pears with crunchy walnut crumble
The variety that I used for this bake
Slow roasting the pears...
Baking the crumble...
Eat them all together...

Here's the recipe from the book, Bon Appétit Desserts by Barbara Fairchild
(with my modification in blue)


1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup walnuts
2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes


3 1/2 pounds firm but ripe Anjou pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
(I'm using Beurré Bosc pears, peeled, cored and halved)
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup raisins
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp crystallized ginger

Extras to serve

pre-roasted walnuts
sour cream (I didn't use this)

Make topping:

Combine all ingredients in processor. Process until walnuts are coarsely chopped and small moist clumps form. Transfer topping to medium bowl. Cover and chill until firm, about 1 hr.

(I didn't use a processor to mix my topping. I chopped the walnuts coarsely and mixed all together with a fork and didn't chill it before baking.)

Make filling:

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Place all ingredients in large bowl; toss to blend. Let stand 15 min.

Transfer pear mixture to 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle topping over pears. (I didn't do that. Instead, I cover the pears with baking paper and then sealed the baking dish with double layers of foil.) Bake until pears are tender, juices bubble thickly and topping is golden and crisp, about 30 min. (I bake mine for 45 min. Remove baking paper and foil and bake for another 5 min.) Let stand at least 10 min - sauce will thicken and become glossy while standing. Serve warm with sour cream (or crunchy crispy crumble and pre-roasted walnuts).


I've baked my dessert using 1/4 of this recipe. This amount contains about 500g of pears which is about 3 middle sized pears and used a 19 cm x 10 cm baking dish to bake this amount of pears.

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  1. look absolutely delicious love pears!

  2. Yours look delicious to me also, after walking thru from Joyce and Lena site. You put in the whole nuts, it definitely adds more crunchy bite in it.

    1. Zoe, Aussie crystallised ginger is best I've eaten so far...

    2. This is my first time baking with crystallised ginger and it does lots of quite flavours in my slow roasted pears. Very nice.

  3. Great dish. Absolutely love the texture and flavours of this dish. From now on it's one of our family favorites :D

  4. Crumbles and crisps are some of my favorite things to bake!

  5. Good morning, Zoe! What a great idea to slow-roast the pears! And roasting the crumbles separately must have added an even lovely crunch and fragrance of the walnuts! A wonderful "Zoe's way" indeed!
    A delicious crumble that is a hit in my house! :)

  6. Looks delicious! You just cut the pears in halves huh! Great for presentation!

  7. That Zoe's way crumble sure looks delectable ! ;D

  8. gorgeous looking pears!!! crumble looks delicious

  9. Those maple-y pears look so good with the walnuts and crunchy crumble! So very tempting. :)

  10. Zoe, here I come for the crumbles with little bit of pears! It's the right dish for you to bake in this winter, isn't it? And also I think it's the pear season now in Australia. I can see few types of pears are selling in Coles/Woolworths!

  11. I like 'Zoe's ways' of making this crumble. The three of you baked the same dessert but all looked different and unique. Well done..deliciously looking good.

  12. Thats an irresistible and super addictive crumble.

  13. It's a great idea to roast the pears separately... I shall do that next time. Love your photos!

  14. Oh, how I love to make this dish, looks amazingly easy and tasty. Unfortunately in the market here, I can't find ripe pears :( ... But have bookmarked this page and will try it out soon!

  15. Excellent dessert!It looks mouthwatering!Kisses,dear Zoe!

  16. Oh this looks like a real treat - beautifully done - perfect flavors - really lovely!
    Mary x

  17. i can see the sauce in your crumble and that's a clever way of eating your crumble! you are getting more and more creative, girl!!

  18. I like "Zoe ways"! :) Pears are really showing up in our local stores recently. Thank you for sharing this! I will have to get some and try this. Looks amazing!

  19. Oh Zoe, this pear crumble looks delicious with the walnut on the topping...what a lovely mix of textures...
    Thanks for sharing this recipe and hope you are having a fabulous week :)

  20. Hi Zoe,
    I like your Zeo's way of Maple Pear Crunchy Crumble. Your whole walnut and the half pear looks really attractive.
    Again this is new to me...I must try yours first before I bake mine..:D

  21. I love pears,my kind of dessert,sound very flavorful the crystal ginger adding great taste to it,,YuM,, this recipe I must try !!

  22. Gorgeous, Zoe! I do like the idea of adding the crystallized ginger. Lovely pics as well!
    Now I have another use for my homemade crystallized ginger! Yay!

  23. Dear Zoe,

    Your maple and pear crumble looks so artistic and fabulous! I don't think I can get beurre bosc pears to make this wonderful dessert. I will have to sub it with some other pears instead.

  24. Zoe's way looks so good & tempting! I've gotta try this & soon! Have a lovely day! :)

  25. Absolutely beautiful :) Such great photos. I bought some baby paradise pears the other day. They would be so perfect for this!

  26. According to my mother-in-law, Bosc pears are the best to bake with and she's been baking for years. This looks delicious! Consider me your new friend!

  27. great post, this looks delicious, for a second i thought those were olives.. you had me fooled. :-)

  28. the crumble just looks too enticing...mouthwatering!

  29. Pardon me for commenting so late, Zoe, your photos are simply beautiful! The slow-roasted pears look absolutely delicious!

  30. Finally i try out my very 1st Pear & Apple crumble over the weekend :)

  31. That looks delicious!! And your pictures are awesome!