This wonderful crumble, fragrant with pears, is perfect for the cooler days of fall when I crave a little comfort of a warm treat. Oats, almonds and crystallized ginger give this crumb topping its flavor, along with the extra virgin olive oil. It tastes amazing when still warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
1 cup oats
¼ cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup almonds, chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 cup crystallized ginger, chopped
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
8 ripe Bartlett pears (about 4 pounds), cut into 2” chunks
½ lemon, juiced
¼ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Topping: Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, almonds, cinnamon, crystallized ginger and salt in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and stir until evenly moist.
Filling: Combine pears, lemon juice and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the pears.
Bake the crumble until the pears are tender and the topping is golden, 45 to 50 minutes.