My crumble with pears, dark chocolate and cinnamon is one of the few iper-tested recipes that I’m always able to cook well (please notice that, here, it’s not me the cook ^_^).
It’s a dessert that I tried with – people say – success in many different occasions: birthdays and dinner parties, celebrations… it’s delicious, it fills you up yet it’s not extremely fat or caloric and you can prepare it in a lot of portions without effort.
I’d like to dedicate this dessert to all the women and men who don’t have the time to stay behind the kitchen, to everyone’s trying to be careful about their eating habits even if they might not have the time and/or money to go buying the last exotic product in that super-trendy veg/natural/bio shop… because let’s say it: being able to take care of ourselves is becoming a luxury that less and less people can afford (have you seen how much does dried fruit cost in Italy????).
So, popular ingredients for a quick recipe and surely healthier than industrial sweets, who doesn’t have a moment to breath during the day tends to buy.
From the doses here under you can easily get 8 portions, in an oven pan about 20×30 centimeters (8×10 inches).
Ingredients for the pears:
6 – 8 pears, by dimensions (I usually go with the williams, but I tried also abates with very nice results)
50 gr brown sugar
3 spoons of fresh water
50 gr dark chocolate with at least 70% of cocoa
Ingredients for the crumble:
100 gr brown sugar
100 gr butter
75 gr wheat flour (but I bet you can try also different flour)
130 gr muesli / cereal mix
a generous sprinkle of cinnamon
15 minutes the preparation + 50 minutes in the oven
Kilocalorie per portion:
Power on the oven at 200°C (390°F) ventilated and let it heat.
Peel the pears and cut them into rough pieces.
In a bowl, pour 50 gr of sugar and the water, adding then the chopped pears, and let it macerate.
Meanwhile, chop up the chocolate with a knife and add it to the pears in the bowl, blending it all.
In another bowl, pour all the crumble ingredients and start kneading them all with one hand, until you get a quite crumbly and rough, yet consistent, texture.
Pour the pears in the pan and place the crumble over them, in a quite uniform way.
Put it in the oven for 40 minutes if you want the pears to remain solid, while – if you prefer a more soft result – let it cook for 50 minutes.
Let it cool a bit, bring a spoon and eat it directly from the pan. ; ))
If you’re supposed to bring it somewhere else, instead, and it’s summer, you want (believe me, you want) to serve it with a spoon of italian fiordilatte ice cream.