After embarking on an epic crumble bake-off, I came to the realization that just about any jumble of fruits wrapped in a crumble topping is a winner.
Recipe courtesy of Corky Pollan
Pear-Cranberry Crumble
Yield:
Serves 6 to 8
Level:
None
Yield:
Serves 6 to 8
Level:
None

Ingredients

For the filling:
  • 2 pounds firm but ripe Bartlett pears, cored, in 1/2-inch slices (no need to peel)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (use fresh cranberries in season)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (1/2 cup for fresh cranberries)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Minute Tapioca (flour or cornstarch can be substituted, but I prefer tapioca)
  • Pinch of kosher salt
For the crumb topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into small cubes

Directions

Gently toss the pears, cranberries, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, tapioca and a pinch of salt together in a large bowl. Spoon the filling into a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan. To make the crumb topping, stir together the flour, oats, dark brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Blend in butter with your fingertips, fork, or pastry blender until mixture forms pea-size clumps. 

Spoon topping evenly over fruit filling and bake on a middle rack in a preheated 375 degree F oven until fruit is bubbling and the top is nicely browned, about 60 minutes. Let the crumble cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

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