Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pear And Maple Crumble : Free And Easy Bake-Along #26

It's time for our Bake-Along No. 26, the beginning of our second year of Bake-Along! I would like to thank everyone who has baked along with us in our previous "Bake Along 1st Anniversary Cake". Some of you even baked twice for this special theme! Thank you to all, for making Bake-Along a fun and delicious baking event that we look forward to each time! :o)

What is our bake this time round? Well, Lena has chosen Pear and Maple Crumble from Bon Appetit Desserts cookbook, a wonderful cookbook that is worthy of a place on your bookshelf, if you love to bake!  This is a very thick, heavy book with more than 600 recipes! So far we've tried a few recipes and  all are winners! 

For this crumbles, I've used a mixture of three different pears, one each of ripe Fragrant Pear (not in the photo), Packham Pear and Golden Pear. This recipe seems quite large, so I've only made three-quarters of the recipe using baking dish size 9"x6". I added in some lemon zest, since I only use half a lemon for the juice, I added in the zest as well, do not waste the lemony zest! I do not have pure maple syrup, what I have is maple flavoured syrup. Pure maple syrup is extremely expensive over here. I use salted butter for the crumbles and added in more walnuts. I mixed the flour, sugar and butter for the crumbles with a fork and added in the chopped walnuts, mixing the walnuts in with my fingers. I refrigerated the crumbles for about 15 minutes while I prepare the filling.

I'm really glad that I've used three different pears for the filling. It is very delicious eating the pear filling with three different tastes, yes, all the three pears taste very different from each other, and they are all good. It makes every spoonful interesting, with three different tastes and shades of pears. And I really like the crumbles, adding more walnuts is a very good idea! Walnuts are just perfect for crumbles topping, they are crunchy while still warm and even when the crumbles gets cold, the walnuts taste wonderful even if they are no longer crunchy. And I have used golden raisins for this, and did not use the crystallized ginger, simply because I do not have any in my pantry. I think the addition of crystallized ginger would be really good!

Even though the recipe recommended to eat this pear crumbles with sour cream, I think crumbles goes best with ice-cream! We had this with my homemade mango ice cream. Yummy! Overall, this Pear and Maple Crumbles is delicious! It is not too sweet since I've reduced the sugar slightly and absolutely divine with ice-cream!

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Pear and Maple Crumble
(adapted from "Bon Appetit Desserts" by Barbara Fairchild)
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup walnuts
2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

3-1/2 pounds firm but ripe Anjou pears, peeled, quartered, cored, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
zest from half a lemon (my addition)
1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger
sour cream (to serve)

Topping : Combine flour, walnuts, brown sugar, and butter in processor. Using on/off turns, process until walnuts are coarsely chopped and small moist clumps form. Transfer toppig to medium bowl. Cover and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

Filling : Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350F. Place pears, maple syrup, raisins, flour, lemon juice, and ginger in large bowl; toss to coat. Let stand 15 minutes, tossing occasionally.

Transfer pear mixture to 13x9x2-inch baking dish, sprinkle topping over. Bake crumble until pears are tender, juices bubble thickly, and topping is golden and crisp. about 30 minutes. Let stand at least 10 minutes. Serve warm with sour cream.

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  1. Me too, haven't post up mine. Certainly taste great with ice cream! Joyce you always the number one who posted first. *_^

  2. Can have this droolworthy crumble anytime.Looks absolutely divine.

  3. I;m thinking of joining at bake along next time for the scones theme! Your pear crumble must be amazing, I love the fact that you used different pears.

  4. Gosh, this dessert sounds so good right now. I have been craving crumble for a while now. Love it with pears! YUM!

  5. Using 3 different types of pears and lemon zest is such a great idea for this bake. This recipe is superb! The addition of crystallized ginger does enhanced the overall flavours of this crumble and I'm glad that I have explored this new flavours :D

  6. Wow I really liked the idea of using 3 different kinds of pears. Must be lovely with all those different textures. Love this recipe.

  7. I have to skip this Bake Along simply for the fact that I do not have any pears in the fridge and my boys do not like pears so I do not wish to finish the whole dish of crumble all by myself just like the last time I baked a pear cake! Looks delicious with the ice cream though!

  8. This bake along sounds like so much fun...i will look into it and maybe i can bake with you guys too :)
    Your crumble looks really good and the addition of ginger must have added an extra bit of flavor!

  9. Oh, this is just the right dish to have in winter. Can I have one with lots of crumbles please?

  10. this must be really amazing with 3 different pears...

  11. Wow 3 different types of pear, that sounds really lovely! I love this recipe, its really good.

  12. Love the way you used three pears.....yummy....

  13. i wished that i had some ice cream with me when i made that. It was nice and i think it would be even better with ice cream!! yeah, the ginger is nice..sometimes i even take a piece out to munch..like a spiced candy!! LOL!

  14. All these crumbles are really getting me hungry!!! I love that you combined different pears, Joyce. What a great idea!!! Would you believe I have that Bon Appetit Desserts cookbook and I've never made a single thing from it!

    I agree, ice cream sounds better than sour cream for this. Now, is there any left?

    Thanks for sharing...

  15. this is looking so delicious. love to have with a scoopp of ice cream

  16. Your pear crumble looks delicious and yes I would love mine with a scoop of ice cream :)
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

  17. that sounds so delicious! i love the pears:) thanks for sharing!

  18. Hi Joyce,
    I am getting to love this Bake Along event more and more. I learn to bake new recipes and learn to play around with different ingredients from each and every one of you in Bake Along..:)
    Your 3 types of pears in this recipe must be really delish!! With homemade ice cream ...love it..:)

  19. Ooh, I was going to make a pear tart, but now I'll have to make this pear crumble instead!

  20. You used 3 different pears in your recipe? Such creative idea, I never thought to "mix and marry" them in a bowl :)

    Pears, maple syrup and mango ice cream, aah... my ideal dessert.

  21. anything that has the word "crumble" in the title is bound to be AWESOME! yours looks delicious!

  22. I love your idea of making the crumble mixture and putting it in the refrigerator while you work on the rest of the recipe. Since I love maple this is one recipe to keep in mind, thanks!

  23. I have to post mine but it was great with the pears. I ended up making two pear cakes and the crumble with a Costco purchase of pears. Everything was good.

    I am posting at my other blog today since I have a new linky at Bizzy Bakes and I want to leave it open. This post comes from My Sweet and Savory.

  24. Hello Joyce, you the kind of lady I would look forward to being invited come for tea or dinner, ha ha.
    What you put on the table would make a 5 star hotel cook bow his head look down malu....he in awe of your outstanding lupa nama mak cakes and desserts like this.
    Waaaa, luckily did not cross path with a lady like you early on, anyway you still in standard 2, ha ha....
    otherwise habis cherita for me.
    Have fun, Joyce, keep a song in your heart.

  25. Great idea using 2 different pears in this recipe & not forgetting the addition of crystallized ginger! Sounds really good that I've gotta try it out! I used to eat crumble with sour cream but during summer time I love it with ice-cream too! Have a lovely day, Joyce! :)

  26. hhmmm i cant wait to bake this dessert this weekend, yours looks yum yum especially with ice cream!
    i dunno where to find crystalized ginger so might just skip that :)

  27. Sorry for commenting so late! Your crumble looks super delicious - I just remade them today, I'm definitely going to have them with ice cream!

  28. Finally i had try out my very 1st Pear & Apple crumble ... oooo next time i should try adding ice cream ...