Sunday, 17 October 2021

Pear & Coconut Crumble Bars

Summer meets autumn with these tasty crumble bars!


Pears are a really underrated fruit in my opinion, they get a bad rep because most aren't sure on the slightly grainy texture of the flesh. But if you buy the right pears you get an enormous juicy bite with a buttery sensation. Pears need a bigger title which is why they are featured here in my crumble bars. I've used Rocher pears which are my favourite, but conference pears also work work really well. The smaller pears a re little more firm which will only gives these bars a bit more of a crunch which personally is not what I recommend. I've added a little spice to this recipe with ground cardamom for some autumnal warmth which really brings out the fruitiness of the pears. And to top it off, I've mixed through desiccated coconut with the crumble topping for a slight tang, hence why this really is a transitional recipe. 

If you like these crumble bars..

Check out my other recipes for more inspiration!

Recipe

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Serves: 16

NOTE: every ingredient I use is vegan so make sure you check your ingredients if you're following a Vegan lifestyle.

Ingredients

Base
150g butter softened
220g plain flour
50g caster sugar
1/4 tsp alt
Filling
800g pears - rocher or conference
30g light brown suagr
1 tsp ground cardamom
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp cornflour
Topping
120g butter softened
100g caster sugar
100g plain flour
60g Oats
2btps desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp salt


Method

✿Peel and chop the pears into small cubes. Place in a bowl with the remaining ingredients for the filling and leave to infuse. 
Preheat the oven to 170℃ and grease and line a 9x9 inch baking tray. 
In a large bowl, cube the butter into the plain flour. Use your hands to mix together into a breadcrumb consistency. Then add in the sugar and salt and mix in.
Press the mixture into the base of the baking tray and then bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile use the same bowl to make the crumble topping. Mix the butter into the flour with your hands into a breadcrumb consistency. Then add in the oats and caster sugar and mix. 
When the base has baked, remove from the oven and spoon in the pear mixture. Spread out evenly and then top with the crumble making sure the pears are covered and coated. 
Place back in the oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown all over. Wait till cooled then cut into 16 bars. Best served with vanilla ice cream or custard. Enjoy!

Christina
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