My husband picked up two bags of pears a couple of weeks back, I have to say I don't like it when he does this, as he never eats the fruit fresh and it sits there, for days, no for weeks going dark and very soft. I often think its a ploy on his part. He knows I won't let the fruit go to waste or even the compost bin, and secretly wishes them to somehow magically be transformed into cake or some other sweet thing, and often his little fairy grants his wish. I wish my little fairy would make me cake!
Anyway, I did originally have intentions on making this Savoury Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut Tart, and still may do as I still have half a dozen brown freckled pears left over, but at the weekend I ended up making a belly warming Pear, Apple and Ginger Crumble.
Its been a long while since I've made a pear crumble, the last time was in my first year of blogging and it was with hazelnuts. This was different in that it had no nutty crunch, but it had warmth and a little fire from the fresh ginger. I served this golden pear, apple and ginger crumble simply with some home-made custard, but cream or ice-cream would have been nice too.
I am sharing this blog post with Karen at Lavender and Lovage for Novembers Cooking with Herbs the theme is Sugar and Spice; and Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary No Waste Food Challenge hosted by Slice of Me, as these soft and slightly bruised pears could have easily seen the compost bin. I also had a couple of large cooking apples that I picked up a few weeks back with my quinces, so they also went into the crumble with a good sprinkling of both ginger powder and grated ginger.