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Pear Nutmeg & Almond Mini Crumble

Simply Luxurious
Simple, cozy and a nutty crunch topping to add comfort to the end of a meal and evening. Adapted from Susan Herrmann Loomis' recipe in her cookbook Plat du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

Filling

  • 2 pears Barlett or your preferred varietal peeled, cored and sliced thinly length-wise

Topping

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg freshly grated if possible
  • 1/4 cup toasted almonds (unsalted) I used sliced almonds I use for my breakfast as they were already toasted (and unsalted)
  • 1/2 tsp fleur du sel
  • 4-5 Tbsp unsalted butter (high quality) from the refrigerator, so chilled
  • 1/4 cup sugar add more sugar to preference
  • 1 tsp vanilla (or a half of a vanilla bean's seeds) mix with the sugar to create your own vanilla sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220 celsius).
  • Prepare the pears. Place in circular layers inside the French soup bowl. They will be compact and fill the entire bowl. Be generous.
  • Make the crumble topping in a food processor. Combine the flour, nutmeg, vanilla sugar, salt, almonds and then the butter until a rough coarse topping is created. Don't feel the need to make the topping fine or consistent in sizes. Having some larger pieces of almond is a good idea for extra crunch. :)
  • Place the crumble on top of the pears. Again, be generous. Pack it down on top of the pears and then add a soft sprinkle to the top (on top of the crumble that is already there).
  • Place the soup bowl on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Check. You don't want the crumble to burn. My oven cooked it to a beautiful dark brown in 38 minutes, but I began checking at 30 minutes. Each oven will be unique, so check as necessary until you reach the brown-ness you want.
  • Remove from the oven when done and prepare your hot cuppa. Let rest just for about 10 minutes, but not much longer as you want to enjoy it warm. Add a dollop of your favorite gelato or ice cream and enjoy!
Keyword fruit, crumble, simple,