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Pear-Cranberry Crumble

Updated February 23, 2016
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This is a great fall dessert. You could also make the crumble in individual ramekins; just check on it sooner, as it will likely cook more quickly in the ramekins.

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 4 hours

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Equipmentbaking/gratin dish, electric mixer

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturebuttery, chewy, crisp, fruity, juicy, spiced

Type of Dishdessert, fruit

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup old-fashioned (not quick cooking) oatmeal
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 13 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and well chilled
  • 5 cups peeled, sliced ripe pears
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries, plumped in hot water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Instructions

To make the crumble topping:

In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, combine the flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, and salt. Add the cold butter and mix on low speed until the topping just begins to come together and resembles large bits of chunky dough. (Do not mix so long that it comes together completely.) Transfer the topping to a shallow container, breaking it up a bit. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

To make the filling:

Heat the oven to 350°F. Combine the pears, cranberries, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, salt, and flour. Toss the ingredients lightly to coat evenly and pour into a 1½-quart baking dish. Top with the crumble topping, breaking up any large clumps with your fingers and spreading it evenly. At this point, there may be areas that aren’t completely covered with topping, but don’t worry because it will spread a bit as it bakes. Bake until the topping begins to brown and the filling is bubbling, about 40 minutes. Remove the crumble from the oven and let it cool somewhat before serving.

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