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Drunken-pear crumble

Drunken-pear crumble

Make the best of in-season fruit with this easy recipe

  • Makes 6
  • Less than 45 minutes


  • 6 pears
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • ½ cup (125ml) each honey and brandy or sherry
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved
  • ½ packet (100g) ginger nut biscuits
  • 50g each oats, treacle sugar and flour
  • 1 tsp (5ml) ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup (80g) butter
  • Syrup, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Peel, halve and core pears.
  3. Heat water, honey, brandy or sherry, cinnamon stick and vanilla pod in a saucepan
  4. Poach pears for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove pears from the pot, place on a baking sheet and set aside.
  6. Reduce liquid to a syrup.
  7. Blitz biscuits, oats, treacle sugar, flour and cinnamon together until a coarse mixture forms.
  8. Rub in butter.
  9. Sprinkle the crumbly mixture over pears and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.
  10. Serve with syrup
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