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?
Source: thekitchn.com + specialtyfruitclubs.com
* Abate Fete pears are now available in Checkers Stores nationwide.
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.
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.
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.
There is nothing better that waking up in the morning to the smell of freshly baked bread. I remember my mom used to bake fresh bread every single Saturday and the whiffs of the smell of that bread got me running to the kitchen – grabbing the jar of butter – smearing a big heap on and biting in into the piping hot bread … mhhh
So the other day I was in somewhat of a bread baking mood and whilst walking through my garden the lavender bush caught my eye. I imagined the scented lavender in a sweet bread and a bread which I did not have to butter myself …. so I instantly decided to make this loaf and add the butter to the dough just before baking. It’s absolutely delicious. The lavender offers just a very subtle hint to the bread making it quite moreish….and the butter and sugar form these little buttery-caramel-wells of deliciousness … Try it for yourself – you will finish this loaf in no time!
sweet lavender flatbread with buttery-caramel-wells