Vanilla Poached Pear and Apple Crumble
This is an attractive dessert for family and friends.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 4
Poached Pears
Pear and Apple Crumble
  • 3 pears
  • 2 apples
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs caster sugar (or more if your fruit is not sweet)
Crumble Topping
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup macadamia nut meal
  • ½ cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¼ tsp vanilla paste
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  2. Prepare poached pears according to David Lebovitz' recipe but leave them whole.
  3. Peel pears and apples and chop into a saucepan. Add just a spoonful of water and cook for about 5 minutes to start the cooking.
  4. remove from heat and add sugar and vanilla and mix to combine.
  5. Place poached pears in the middle of individual ramekins or an oven dish large enough for a crumble.
  6. Add the pear and apple mixture around the pears.
  7. Blitz the macadamia nuts for the nut meal and chop the remaining nuts finely
  8. Mix the butter, brown sugar, vanilla paste and nut meal together til it looks like peas, then mix in the oats and chopped nuts.
  9. Clump the mixture in your hands and break apart bits and spread over the pear and apples until well covered.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
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