Pear, Chocolate and Ginger Crumble

Pear, Chocolate and Ginger with almonds and oats Crumble in a bowl Before Christmas I was tempted by all the buy 3 for 2 offers in the baking aisle and decided that crystallised ginger and bags of various nuts were an absolute must have. So I have to confess that all the nutty, gingery biscuits I had in my head became pipe dreams and I found myself after Christmas with my purchases still mainly in tact. I have never used crystallised ginger before but love the flavour so decided to come up with a dish one day. My husband was a bit dubious about my idea so I googled Pear, Chocolate and Ginger Crumble and saw that Nigel Slater had made a Pear and Oat Chocolate Crumble – great minds think alike I thought! So I took my idea added a sprinkle of Nigel’s and so this dish was born.

Pear, Chocolate, Ginger, Almond, Oats, Crumble in a dish

You can play around with the topping putting in whatever nuts you have in your cupboard or if you don’t have any just leave them out and if you’re not keen on ginger then you can leave that out too – it’s your crumble! I’ve made this dish twice now and my family absolutely love it and it’s so simple to put together. To save on lemon juice (to stop the pears browning) I popped my them straight into the melted butter and sugar and gave them a good coating as I prepared them. The surface can only oxidise and go brown when it comes into contact with the air so coating will prevent this.

Pear, Chocolate and Ginger with almonds and oats Crumble in a bowl

The 2nd time I made it I chopped the chocolate too finely in a processor & omitted the nuts but it was still to die for – there’s a fight for the leftover portion the next day!

As this dish uses pears which can be bought cheaply as well as value chocolate and store cupboard ingredients I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which is run by myself and the lovely Helen at Fuss Free Flavours who is hosting this month. I am also entering Javelin Warriors Cookin w/Luv “Made with Love Mondays” challenge as this dish is made from scratch. Next I entering the “We Should Cocoa” challenge where the theme is fame as Nigel Slater helped me make this dish (so to speak) it’s run by Chocolate Teapot and Chocolate Log Blog and hosted by The Kitchen Maid this month! Then of course I have to enter Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen “Dish of the Month” as I have adapted a Nigel Slater recipe.





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A pear and chocolate crumble with a delicate hit of ginger in the topping which is textured with oats and flaked almonds – true comfort food!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4-5
  • 925g Ripe pears
  • 30g Butter, unsalted
  • 25g Caster sugar
  • 25g Light Muscovado sugar
  • For crumble topping:
  • 25g Plain flour
  • 25g Wholemeal flour
  • 50g Butter
  • 3 tbsp Oats
  • 45g Demerara sugar
  • 1 tbsp Flaked Almonds (or any chopped nuts)
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 50g Dark value chocolate, finely chopped
  • 5g Crystalised ginger (1 nugget), finely chopped
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Put butter, granulated and Muscovado sugar in a large non-stick pan over a gentle heat to make a caramel base.
  3. Peel, quarter and core the pears adding them to the pan as you prepare them and toss them in the caramel to prevent them browning (enzymic).
  4. Allow the pears to soften and go slightly golden, turning from time to time.
  5. Put the flour and 50g of butter in a food processor or rub together for form the texture of breadcrumbs.
  6. Stir in the sugar, oats and almonds.
  7. Add 1 tbsp water and shake to form small lumps.
  8. Stir in the chopped chocolate and crystalised ginger.
  9. Put the caramelised pears into a 1.5lt dish and pour over the crumble topping, spreading it out with a fork, don’t pack it down.
  10. Place in the oven for 40 – 45 minutes.
  11. Serve with cream or ice cream.


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  1. Martina Evans

    This looks fab! I’m going to give this one a try.

    1. Camilla

      Great Martina, I love it:-)

  2. sandy ralph

    this sounds just delicious

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it really is lush:-)

  3. Jane Davies

    Looks delicious but I too would leave out the ginger 🙂 not for me xxx

  4. Heather Haigh

    A lovely variation on a crumble, thanks.

  5. tiggerific1973

    Now his looks lovely but I think I would leave out the ginger as I am not a fan 🙂 x

    1. Camilla

      That’s fine:-)

  6. Sandra

    Love this recipe, I add chopped hazlenuts to the topping, but leave out the ginger!

    1. Camilla

      Fab, as Nigel Slater says a recipe is just a starting point so glad you tailored it to your taste:-)

  7. June Etherington

    I’m going to give this one a try. Looks scrummy. x

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  8. Alyson

    Have just made this, and it is wonderful! The smell is so appetizing too. Definitely will cook it again.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks for your feedback. Yes I do love this crumble, pears go so well in it:-)

  9. Ursula Hunt

    A gorgeous crumble with custard

  10. Paul Wilson

    Got a load of ripe pears from the garden at the moment – have to give this a go.

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  11. Bev

    I love pears and ginger together – the chocolate additions is interesting!

    1. Camilla

      It’s really scrummy:-)

  12. Carolyn Clapham

    I’m not usually a great fan of pears, but even I am tempted by this recipe and I’m sure that the rest of the family would love it too.

    1. Camilla

      Ooh I love cooked pears, especially with chocolate:-)

  13. Ursula Hunt

    enticing photos

  14. Paul Wilson

    I’ve never tried chocolate in a crumble before.

    1. Camilla

      Nor had I before I came up with this recipe, it’s totally wonderful though:-)

  15. Susan Elaine Carter

    I like the idea of adding choc and ginger to the crumble mixture. One to add to my repertoire.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it’s proper comfort food:-)

  16. Ursula Hunt

    Lovely crunchy topping

  17. Ursula Hunt

    Great combination of flavours

  18. Heather Haigh

    Ooh, would never have thought of mixing those flavours but it does sound and look lovely.

  19. Paul Wilson

    Ooh, this looks an interesting combination.

    1. Camilla

      It’s soo good:-)

  20. Maya Russell

    I’ve never had ginger in a crumble but I bet it tastes good.

  21. Maya Russell

    I like this recipe. I can use up all our pears!

  22. I like everything that’s in this so must give it a try

  23. This looks yummy

  24. Jayne Sullivan

    A new exciting twist on a plain crumble.

  25. Lisa Williams

    This looks like one of the most delicious things ever 🙂 I would never have thought of putting chocolate in a crumble

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, I do hope you try it:-)

  26. Nicola

    This looks so delicious…bookmarked recipe to try soon! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Nicola, do let me know how you get on!

  27. Katharine

    Gorgeous flavours, some of my absolute favourite. And in a crumble! Perfect for these (still) cold days!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, do give it a try:-)

  28. Ang

    Comfort food at its best – looks delicious.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Angela:-)

  29. Mich Piece of Cake

    This looks really delicious… love the chocolate, pear and ginger combo.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mich, I think they were made for each other:-)

  30. Javelin Warrior

    What a tasty creation, Camilla – I’m fascinated by the combination of chocolate and pears and why not ginger? And I love crystalized ginger and pears, so combining them…I’m in 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Camilla

      I do hope you get time to try it Mark, it is gorgeous:-)

  31. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Pear, Chocolate and Ginger – all brought together in a crumble… What’s not to love?
    Comforting warmth all the way!

    1. Camilla

      Exactly Jacqueline, I’m glad you agree:-)

  32. Susan

    I’m trying not to eat puddings at the mo but crikey thats a deal breaker…it looks lovely…really lovely. Thanks for entering.

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you for such a lovely comment and yes it’s worth breaking any deal for:-)

  33. Janice

    Oh I think the muse was upon you with that pudding! Sounds delightful, I love chocolate and ginger too and the blandness of pears would be a perfect foil.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Janice. Pears bland, I think that very much depends on the pear, I love their subtle almost perfumed taste when cooked:-)

  34. Choclette

    I do love a good crumble and chocolate is definitely an enhancing addition. So, I think is your ginger – yum. I always have a jar full of crystallised ginger and start getting twitchy if it runs too low, it’s a great ingredient but also rather delicious just on it’s own. Thanks for entering this into We Should Cocoa

    1. Camilla

      I had hoped to enter your challenge last month when the theme was ginger so was very pleased when I saw a window of opportunity to still enter this month:-) Thank you for your lovely comments!

  35. Jen @ BlueKitchenBakes

    I quite often make a rhubarb and ginger crumble but don’t think I’ve ever made a pear crumble and have also never thought about adding chocolate to a crumble before even though I try and sneak it into a lot of other things! This is one I will have try out next time we need a tasty wintery pud 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen I hope you do manage to give a try and let me know what you think:-)

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