This quick pear and chocolate crumble counts among my all-time favorite desserts. With just a handful of basic ingredients, the recipe comes together beautifully every single time. You won’t resist these juicy pears combined with the warm, melting chocolate, all this under a slightly a crunchy crumble topping. The only down side: you will probably ask for seconds, and thirds!
Last week, I spent a few days in a cabin in the woods just outside Vancouver. These short retreats in nature are very resourceful and enable us to enjoy the small pleasures in life, the ones that really matters. Of course, this involves cooking, and I had some great fun preparing basic yet tasty meals. And because it was my birthday, I also planned a little dessert: a quick pear and chocolate crumble, cabin style!
Quick Pear & Chocolate Crumble, cabin style!
In the cabin, the baking equipment was extremely basic: no whisk or electric mixer, and no oven! Instead, there was a modest toaster oven, and guess what? It did the job! This pear and chocolate crumble recipe is such a no brainer, and maybe one of the first recipe I’ll make together with Lucie when she will be a little older (eh, she’s only 8 months old!).
I’ve been making this recipe over and over again for years, and most of the time I don’t even need to measure the ingredients. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s absolutely delicious! So if you run out of ideas for your next dinner and/or feel lazy or consider yourself as a beginner at baking, this recipe will be a life-saver!
The ingredients you need:
- Pears. You can use any variety of your choice, but best is to go for the ones that are good for baking to ensure they become juicy but not mushy. Also, choose them firm rather than ripe.
- Dark chocolate. My go-to is to use dark baking chocolate, that I chop roughly with a large knife. Alternatively, you can use chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.
- All-purpose flour. You could absolutely substitute with whole wheat flour, preferably with white whole wheat but not necessary. If doing so, feel free to adjust the quantity of flour a little if needed.
- Granulated sugar. I do not recommend light or dark brown sugar but then again, if this is the only option you have, know that the dough will tend to be more humid and you may need to add just a little bit more flour.
- Butter. Every kind and every shape works: you can use salted or unsalted butter (if you go for unsalted, add a pinch of salt to the dry ingredients), cold or softened. For best results, go for cold, salted butter, diced.
How to make pear and chocolate crumble?
The recipe comes in 2 parts: the pear and chocolate bottom on one hand, and the crumble topping. Here’s how to in a few simple steps:
- Add diced pears to the bottom of a dish and top with chopped chocolate.
- In a bowl, mix flour, sugar and diced butter with your finger tips until coarse.
- Spread the crumble mixture over the fruits, and bake!
Yes, it’s that easy, and it comes out delicious every single time!
What to serve with the crumble?
I like my pear and chocolate crumble almost straight out from the oven, when still slightly warm. Under a thick crumble topping, you get delicious juicy pears coated with the melting chocolate. Heaven!
But depending on your preferences, you can enjoy this pear and chocolate crumble warm, lukewarm or cold. Serve as is, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Want to make it extra yummy? Add a drizzle of salted caramel sauce all over. Some also love to add whipped cream on the side with fresh mint leaves. Now go grab the recipe and let me know how it turns out!
More desserts with pears and chocolate:
- Crunchy Pecan, Pear and Chocolate Crumble (an elevated version, with nuts and spices)
- Pear and Chocolate Mini Pies
- Pear and Chocolate Ricotta Galette
- Spiced Chocolate Pear Cobbler
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Lastly, if you make this Quick Pear and Chocolate Crumble, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating, letting me know how you liked it. And of course, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Thank you and enjoy!Print
This quick pear and chocolate crumble counts among my all-time favorite desserts. With just a handful of basic ingredients, the recipe comes together beautifully every single time.
- 6–8 firm pears, peeled, cored and diced
- ½ lemon, juice
- 3.5 ounces (100g) dark baking chocolate, chopped
- 1 ¼ cup (150g) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup (80g) salted butter, cold and diced*
- Add-ons of your choice**
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a shallow dish with butter.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the pears with lemon juice to prevent from browning. Pour into the prepared baking dish, sprinkle the chocolate over and set aside.
- In another mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour and sugar, then use your finger tips to pinch the butter and incorporate with the dry ingredients. Keep pinching and tossing together with your hands until evenly combined. You will be left with many pea sized pieces of butter mixed in with the oat mixture, resulting in a crumbly texture.
- Sprinkle over the pears and bake for 35-40 minutes or until slightly golden-brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!
* You can also use unsalted butter if you wish. If doing so, add a pinch of salt to the dry ingredients.
** Once you master this recipe, feel free to use half dark chocolate half white chocolate. You can also add a pinch of ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice to the flour mixture, or even combine with a few chopped almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts or pecans. Occasionally, I also crush a few gingersnap cookies and mix them with the crumble dough.
Keywords: Pear, chocolate, crumble