Jane’s Toffee Twist Pear & Date Crumble


Autumn in Cornwall…

Here at home, in my beloved County of Cornwall we’ve been enjoying the most glorious spell of late autumn sunshine.  However at this time of year the warm mellow days also mean cooler, dew filled evenings where settling down with a heart warming homemade dessert is a seasonal delight!

And today I created this easy to make Toffee Twist Pear & Date Crumble ~ I’m sure you’ll love the toffee taste which comes from the golden syrup, butter, soft dark brown sugar and dates twisted altogether… 
Set your oven –180ºc – 350ºf – Gas 4

You will need –

1 large, deep pie dish

For the filling –

8 -12 ripe pears peeled and chopped – I used Conference Pears harvested from my garden, but any variety will do!

2 tablespoons each of soft dark brown sugar, golden syrup and butter

A good handful of chopped ready to eat dates

For the crumble topping –

225g plain flour

75g butter

75g granulated sugar

  • Begin by popping the chopped pears, soft dark brown sugar, butter and golden syrup in a roomy saucepan and set over a low heat – stir until all the sugars and butter have melted together into a molten liquid…
  • Pop on a lid and leave the pears and toffee confection to cook away slowly for around 1/2 an hour – giving it a stir every once in a while.


  • Check the pears are soft and cooked through and tip into your large pie dish & mix in the chopped dates before setting to one side as you make the crumble…
  • Measure out the flour and butter into a mixing bowl and rub the butter into the flour until you reach the breadcrumb looking stage where there are no lumps of butter visible; then combine the granulated sugar into the mixture.
  • Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the toffeed pear & dates creating a nice swirly pattern on the top before placing into the oven for 40 minutes or so until the top is golden brown.


  • Enjoy straight from the oven hot with custard or when slightly cooled with Cornish ice cream or even a decedent dollop of Cornish Clotted Cream – or be a devil and have both!

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Like this?  Then you may also want to try Jane’s Spiced Pear Pudding too! 

Another reason to love Autumn; the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…

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44 thoughts on “Jane’s Toffee Twist Pear & Date Crumble

  1. Amy J says:

    This looks so lovely! I wouldn’t have thought of trying pears and dates together, bet it’s lovely and caramelly xxx Amy

  2. acornishmum says:

    Oh wow Jane this sounds delicious! I’m a big fan of crumble, and now have a serious craving for some! Thanks for linking up to #picknMix 🙂

    Stevie x

  3. bericebaby says:

    Yum, Yum, Yum – Yes please… its 10:30am to have some like now?!?! lol
    Thanks for sharing this hun.
    Going to try something similar. I have to free style because of Hayden allergies.
    Charlotte x

  4. Lisa - Leelee Loves says:

    Lovely recipe it looks like a great winter warmer desert, my partner loves crumble so I’d love to learn to make it for him but probably an apple one. Xx

  5. amytreasure0 says:

    Yes, yes yes! This is a match made in dessert heaven it sounds amazing I will definitely be making this. Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  6. Zeit my Geist Anna says:

    Holy Moly this looks divine Jane! I love the flavour combo … I will give it a go and let you know how it goes. If I even get a look in, deserts don’t tend to stay around for long around here 🙂

  7. Kate ✚ says:

    Love the idea of pear and toffee flavours together. Must give this a go. One of the best things about autumn is crumble and clotted cream, if you ask me 🙂

  8. fillyourownglass says:

    This sounds delicious, and it looks even better! I will have to have mine with a scoop of ice cream. I only found out through another blog a few weeks ago what clotted cream is. Happy to visit from the #weekendblogshare! Best, Karen

  9. LadyNicci says:

    This looks absolutely delish, would love to try. Although if you could post some over, that’d be great, have no time for baking atall at the mo! we’re getting great weather here in ireland at the mo too, beautiful autumn.

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