Poached Pear and Crumble

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Prep time
h 25 mins
Cooking time
1 h

This Poached Pear Crumble is a sweet treat and a great varation to its brother the Apple Crumble.


  • 3 firm pears
  • 1 jar stem ginger in syrup
  • 5cm (2 inch) fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 2 strips of orange peel, finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • A handful of raspberries
  • 200ml water


  • 5 cooking apples, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 handfuls of blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • A generous splash of water


  • 100g wholemeal or plain flour
  • 90g jumbo rolled oats
  • 90g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 30g raisins


  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C/160°C Fan/350ºF, and butter and line a 23cm / 9 inch springform tin.
  2. Begin by poaching the pears. Peel the pears and cut them in half. Combine all the remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over a medium heat. Add the halved pears and poach for around 15-20 minutes, being mindful not to overcook the pears, you still want them to remain firm.
  3. Combine all the stewed apple ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer over a low to medium heat until soft and sweet. Add a splash of the pear poaching liquor to loosen the ingredients if needed.
  4. For the crumble begin by pre-heating the oven to 180ºC/ Fan 160ºC/ Gas Mark 4. Add the flour, oats, butter and sugar to a large bowl and crumble using your fingers until all ingredients are combined and you have a fine crumb. Add the raisins and mix thoroughly.Spread the crumble out on a baking tray and oven bake for 10-15 minutes until it begins to turn golden then remove and set to one side until ready to use.
  5. To make up the individual desserts, add a spoonful of the stewed apples to each ramekin, followed by half a pear, a generous glug of the poaching liquor and then top with a handful of crumble. The top of the pear should be left uncovered by the crumble. Place the ramekins onto a tray and bake in the oven at 180ºC/ Fan 160ºC/ Gas Mark 4 for 5-10 minutes to warm through, then serve immediately.

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