Pear and port crumble

This is one of my favourite recipes. Mainly because I made it up and everyone loves it so that makes me feel squishy inside. And secondly because it requires zero measuring or weighing just a lot of ‘judging’ by eye. My favourite sort of baking!

Get some pears. I used 8. Tonight I used fresh so I peeled, cored and chopped them (roughly).

While I was doing this, Will was making the crumble. Crumble is such an ace thing for kids to make – they can’t really go wrong AND they get to get their hands dirty. What’s not to love?

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I used a whole block of butter (250g), a heap of flour (I would estimate 400g) and a pile of sugar (half a packet so I reckon about 500g). I don’t like my crumble healthy.

I sloshed a healthy amount of port over the pears (that I’d put in the crumble dish), covered them with foil and put them in the oven at 150 degrees centigrade for almost 2 hours. I checked on them every now and then and gave them a stir and a splash more port. Ahem.

While this was happening I got involved with the crumble.

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It’s for tomorrow night so I had time to take the pears out the oven and leave them to cool, still under the foil, before putting the quite frankly unnecessary amount of crumble on top. Tomorrow I will bake it for around 45 minutes until it is golden and bubbly and then eat it with plenty of cream.

Bloody lovely.

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