Friday, November 1, 2013

Vanilla-Ginger-Pear Crumble

     This recipe from Betty Crocker is a labor of love.  Peeling, coring and slicing the pears takes a bit of time but your efforts will be rewarded by this sweet and crispy dessert.  In my 10 inch dutch oven, the crumble baked for 50 minutes with 10 coals in a ring around the base of the oven with 14 coals around the edge of the lid and 4 spaced evenly in the center.  Try ginger snaps in place of the vanilla wafers to give it even more of a warming bite. 

Vanilla-Ginger-Pear Crumble
Pear Mixture
6-7 medium, slightly ripe, Bartlett pears, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch slices (about 6 cups)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tblsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp vanilla
1/2-3/4 tsp ground ginger
1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
12-14 vanilla wafer cookies, crushed (about 1/2 cup)

     Lightly oil or spray 10 inch dutch oven.
     In large bowl, mix pear mixture ingredients until evenly coated.
     Spread in prepared dutch oven.
     In same bowl, mix 1/3 cup flour and the brown sugar.
     Add butter using pastry blender or fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
     Stir in crushed cookies.
     Sprinkle topping mixture evenly over pears.
     Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until pears are tender and topping is golden brown.

Sprinkle topping mixture over sliced pears

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes

A gingery crumble to celebrate the flavors of fall


  1. Ok, I know what I'll be making next Saturday afternoon. Thanks!

  2. Great, I hope you enjoy it C W! Liddy

  3. With a Christmas gift of ripening pears on the counter and an eager son willing to experiment with a Dutch oven, what better place to search for and find this recipe?
    We followed it using the ginger snaps and adding raspberries. It was a delightful success- my son was beaming from the compliments! Thanks again, Liddy, for a sumptuous and simple recipe. And please: add a dollop of whipped cream on this dessert. It is fabulous.

  4. So glad you enjoyed the Crumble Frenchy, I am honored that your son made one of my recipes for Christmas dinner. I'm sure with the addition of raspberries it was especially good. Thank you for the feedback and nice comments, Happy, Healthy New Year! Liddy