Ginger Pear and Almond Crumble

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crisp, crumble, ginger, pear
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Maida Heatter
Crystallized ginger and ripe pears make an incredibly zingy combination.  
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  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup almonds sliced
  • 2 tablespoons crystallized ginger candied, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 5 very firm Bartlett Comice or Anjou pears -- must not be overripe or soft
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with vegetable spray and set aside. Place the flour, sugar, ginger and butter into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer to a bowl and with your fingers, work the mixture, squeezing to create a lumpy, crumbly texture. Add the almonds and toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to top the crumble.
  • Peel the pears and halve them with a sharp knife. Cut the halves in half again and remove the core and stem. Cut pears into thin slices lengthwise. Transfer pears to a large bowl and sprinkle with the lemon juice. Add the minced ginger and toss together. Sprinkle the pears with cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • In a small bowl, mix the water and cornstarch together to form a slurry. Pour over the pears and toss to coat the pears with the slurry and spices. Transfer the pears to the prepared baking dish.
  • Liberally sprinkle the almond topping over the pear filling. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour until the fruit is tender, but not mushy and the topping is a warm, golden color.
  • If the fruit is tender, but the topping is pale, place it under the broiler for 4-5 minutes to get a little color. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla or a drizzle of cream.


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 263mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 6.4mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3.3mg