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 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!
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…