Piece of life
Since I went back to school, cooking opportunities have become rare. I make simple and quick meals or leave the cooking to my hubby. I have tons of ideas for new recipes, but no time to actually make them. I have to say that I miss cooking… But in a few months, you’ll find me around here a lot more [and I can’t wait]!
About the pear & chocolate crumble
Have you ever wondered what to do with bitter fruit? A question I had to ask myself this week when faced with 2 kgs of really bad pears [it rarely happens, but I was fooled]. After ten days of patience, I faced the facts: they would never ripen. But as you know, I try to limit food waste as much as possible, so throwing them away was heartbreaking. I could have opted for jam, but I was craving sugar. So I needed a quick and easy dessert. The crumble seemed like the perfect solution.
Did you know that crumble is a little different in Quebec? It is called croustade, and the composition of the dough is a bit different. I told you about it in an article last year [that was my first croustade experience]; you can check it out here [strawberry & rhubarb croustade].
Let’s go back to the crumble: it’s a very simple recipe, ready in a few minutes [the longest part is peeling the fruits]. You can adapt it to any fruit and vary the batter by adding almond or hazelnut powder, for example [and many others]. This is a perfect recipe for people in a hurry but with sugar cravings [like me!].
Pear & chocolate crumble
- Baking dish (or 6 individual dishes)
- 1,2 kg pears
- 100 g butter
- 100 g flour
- 100 g almond powder
- 100 g sugar
- 80 g dark chocolate
- 1 pinch of salt
- slivered almonds (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
- Peel the pears and cut them into small cubes.
- Roughly chop the chocolate and mix it with the pears.
- Spread the fruits in a dish (or 6 individual dishes).
- Pour the flour, almond powder, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Add the butter in pieces and mix with your fingertips so that the dough forms irregular pieces.
- Spread the dough pieces over the pear/chocolate mixture.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, until golden brown.