pear crumble – a true treat

pear crumble – a true treat

If you want to watch me make this – click here.


The other day a delivery of the most beautiful Abate Fetel pears from Tru-Cape arrived at my desk and it inspired me to make this delicious and easy pear crumble. That day I handed these delicious pears to some of my colleagues … well they all shouted for more and said they were just so utterly natural, fresh and delicious. Pears are such heavenly treats and so fabulous to bake with – so I baked some and also did a little research on the humble Abate Fetel pear* …


Abate Fete: ah-BAH-tay fuh-TEL

These pears were fist cultivated by Italian monks a few hundred years ago.

Shape + Look
Unlike normal pear-shaped pears, this variety of pear is slim and long and often many people have described it as almost banana-shaped. This fruit has an attractive yellowish brown russet over its green exterior.

When to eat
This variety of pear is eaten when it is just barely soft; you don’t have to wait for the fleeting, elusive moment between green woodiness and pulpy mush.

A rich sweet taste with a very unusual note: could it be aromatic honey?

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* Abate Fete pears are now available in Checkers Stores nationwide.


pear crumble - a true treat
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Serves: 4
  • For the filling
  • 400g Pears (cored and sliced thinly) - +- 3 Pears
  • 50g Brown sugar
  • 20g Butter cut in blocks
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the crumble
  • 40g Oats
  • 40g Flour
  • 25g Castor sugar
  • 40g Butter – cut into small blocks
  • ¼ t Cinnamon powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • To serve
  • Vanilla ice cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  2. Filling – Place all the ingredients into a pan, cook over medium heat for 5 minutes and then transfer cooked ingredients into a small ovenproof dish.
  3. Crumble - Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Cut the butter into small cubes and add this to the dry ingredient mixture. Mix with your fingertips until it resembles an even crumbed texture.
  4. Cover the pears with the crumble mixture. Bake for approximately 40 minutes until the crumble turns golden and serve hot with some creamy vanilla ice cream.



12 Responses »

  1. Dankie Zirkie – ek het die bordjie vir R8 gekoop by die Milnerton vlooimark 🙂 – ek sal jou laat weet oor Fiesta 🙂

  2. Dit klink heerlik en maklik, Anel! Mal oor die bord!! Jy raak nou omtrent a celeb en is sooooo baie op die kassie! Wanneer vind die Fiesta uitsending plaas? Ek wil dit nie mis nie!!

  3. Very special dish, especially early on a Monday morning! End of blue Mondays.

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