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Cocoa powder and pieces of crystallised ginger take this pear crumble to another level. Chocolatey and slightly spicy, it’s best served warm with lashings of cream.

I love crumbles. It might have something to do with how easy they are to put together. And with the fact that there are no rolling pins involved. Just a good old apple crumble can make me very happy, provided of course that there is a box of heavy cream next to my bowl. This crumble however, is a different story. Chocolate and ginger in the topping, pears underneath. We’re talking a whole new level of crumble beauty. It was one of those “I wonder if it’s going to work” recipe creations, that turned into “Holy cow this goooood”.

If you want, you can leave out the crystallised ginger, and it will still be a great crumble. However, I think it will lose some of its “oomph” since the slight heat is what makes it special. Only omit it if you really hate ginger. Like all crumbles, this gorgeous chocolate and ginger pear crumble is best served warm, or at least at room temperature. Pour some heavy cream over it, or add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Try not to eat the whole thing by yourself. I failed at that.


8 pears, small, peeled and cored

1/2 lemon, the juice

1 Tbs + 100 gr brown sugar, granulated

100 gr butter, cubed

80 gr flour, all purpose

50 gr oats, quick cooking

2 Tbs cocoa powder

1/8 tsp salt

2 1/2 Tbs crystallised ginger, finely chopped (see Show me)

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Crystallised ginger is chunks of ginger boiled in syrup, dried and coated with sugar. Also known as candied ginger. If you can't find it you can make your own, following one of the many recipes online.

Step 1

Chop the pears and mix with the lemon juice so they don’t brown. Add the one tablespoon of sugar. Place in a baking dish (mine is 18x26cm) and set aside. Preheat oven to 170C fan (180C conventional).

Step 2

In a large bowl combine butter and flour. Rub with your fingers till the mixture resembles crumbs. Add the sugar, oats, cocoa powder and salt, and continue mixing with your fingers. Add the ginger pieces and sprinkle the mixture over the pears.

Step 3

Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes or until golden and bubbling at the sides.

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