Poached Pear Crumble with Chocolate, Coffee and Hazel Nuts
The made-in-heaven combination of spice-infused pears, coffee, chocolate & hazelnuts make this dessert one divine dish and it can look really pretty & festive! The kicker is that it’s ridiculously simple to make.
Here’s my first attempt. Not too happy with the presentation (oh well, only had to impress Mr Lim, which isn’t too difficult. Almost everything I feed him is “MasterChef quality”, or so he says to keep the nagging at bay) Also, the pears could use abit of sugar when poaching, will add about 2 tablespoons of sugar next time.
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
¾ cup sugar
120 gms butter, room temperature
120 gms dark chocolate, chopped
3 tbs cocoa powder
4 tbs coffee powder
½ cup hazel nuts, chopped
mixture of whole spices such as 2 cinnamon, 1 star anise and 5 cloves
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade. Peel the pears but leave the stalks intact.
Put the pears into a pan with 1 tbs coffee and your spice mixture.
Add enough water so that they are fully immersed. Boil on medium heat until a skewer can easily pierce the pears (about 30 minutes). Set the pears aside on a cooling rack.
Mix all the rest of the ingredients together in a food processor so that it resembles breadcrumbs.
Take 5 ramekins and place a poached pear into each one. Fill the ramekins all the way to the top with the crumble mixture. Pat down gently.
Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes.
Serve immediately with hazel nut ice cream or custard.
Makes 5 pear crumbles.
I wonder if this counts into our daily fruit intake requirement….?