Nadiya's Family Favourites: Half a Pear Crumble

Serve this dreamy dessert piping hot with a massive dollop of ice cream.

Serve this dreamy dessert piping hot with a massive dollop of ice cream

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"I like my crumble with more fruit and less crumble, but I am outnumbered in my house where this is concerned, as they all like it the other way round. So these are just for me: individual pears poached, then baked with a sweet marzipan centre and a crumbly, crunchy top. You would have thought this would be enough to put the others off, but it turns out my lot will eat anything, regardless of fruit-to-crumble ratio!" - Nadiya Hussain

Half a Pear Crumble

By Nadiya Hussain


For the pears:

  • 3 large pears, peeled and halved
  • 500ml apple juice
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 150g demerara sugar
  • 75g golden marzipan
  • Ice cream, to serve

For the topping:

  • 50g plain flour
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 25g demerara sugar
  • 100g granola


Put the pears into a medium saucepan with the apple juice and vanilla pod, making sure to scrape out the vanilla seeds into the apple juice. Boil the pears in the juice for 20–30 minutes, until they are tender. 

Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6 and have a roasting dish at the ready, large enough to fit all 6 pear halves.

Once the pears are poached, take them out of the pan, leaving the poaching liquid behind, and drain them on kitchen paper. Remove the vanilla pod from the poaching liquid and add the demerara sugar, then bring to the boil on a high heat and reduce the juice till it is thick and syrupy. 

To make the crumble, put the flour and butter into a bowl. Rub in the butter with the tips of your fingers until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar and granola. 

Once the pears have cooled, use a teaspoon to take out the core from each one. Place the pear halves in the roasting dish and fill the cavities with chunks of marzipan. 

Pat the crumble on top of each pear half and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. 

As soon as the pears are ready, take them out and serve hot. The juice should have reduced by now, so drizzle it all over the pears and serve with a massive dollop of ice cream. 

Yield: Makes 6 servings

This recipe originally appeared on Nadiya's Family Favourites - Series 1. Stream it now on CBC Gem


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