This is no ordinary crumble. This is definitely not for the faint-hearted either. This is a crumble unlike many crumbles that will make you weak in the knees.There's chocolate, lots and lots of it. Pears, beautiful pears and vanilla, to make your heart sing.
I love love pears. More than apples.More than peaches. And certainly more than plums. Pears are so versatile, you can stew them, squish them, chop them into submission. But more than just the fruit, I love the combination of pear and chocolate. I know it sounds a bit off, but you have to try it to know what it really means.
Last year, I made these divine Pear and chocolate muffins over a dozen times. I'd make a batch they'd quickly get wiped out and then I'd bake another lot, just for me to eat. I did also try a pear and chocolate cheesecake, which might I add was awful. You read that right. Pear + Chocolate + Quark = Icky Poo.
But this combination, in the crumble, is like finding a pair of shoes which you know are going to last you a lifetime. You know like Flitflops or Hush Puppies or Crocs (I have a pair of crocs which I have worn for over 5 years now, but that's a story for later).
There's a bit of crunch from the crumble, molten chocolate lava from the filling and plump juicy bits of fruit in each bite. Here are two things I do suggest though - bake the crumble in a shallow dish, so that the ratio of your crumble to filling is almonst the same. Secondly, use good quality dark chocolate over 44 per cent (at a pinch plain bournville will do too).
Note that you cannot eat this crumble straight out of the oven. It needs to rest 20 minutes to an hour, so it's a great recipe do make while dinner's being set. Only because the chocolate is bubbling and it needs time to thicken just a wee bit. You can serve this with both ice cream and cream. I prefer cream because it elevates the experience. But it tastes gorgeous the next day ice cold from the fridge too :).
8-10 pears - peeled and cut into squares (about 4 cups)
1 cup chocolate chips / chunks
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp corn flour
For the topping
3/4 cup all purpose flour or wheat flour
1 1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Ice cream or cream for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degree centigrade for 10 mins. Get around prepping your dishes.
2. In a bowl combine pears, vanilla, sugar, corn flour and chocolate chips together. Arrange this into a shallow dish.
3. Measure out the flour, oats , cocoa and crumble in the butter until it resembles bread crumbs. Add vanilla to it.
4. Sprinkle this mixture over the pear and chocolate. Pat it down well.
5. Bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees. And then lower the temperature to 180 degree centigrade and bake for a further 10 minutes.
6. Let it rest for 20 minutes before serving with ice cream or cream.