As you can tell from my recent recipes/posts, Autumn is well and truly upon us now and to many it is their favourite culinary season of the year. I myself, am starting to appreciate what is on offer properly during Autumn for the first time, now that I actually get to write about it.
Watching the likes of Nigel Slater and Valentine Warner on tv, you can really discover what things are coming into season right now and how to make use of them – apples and pears being a few of the best known fruits for this time of year.
So it is appropriate that this delicious recipe is pear related and ideal for an autumnal day, especially after a sunday lunch. As ever, I asked my mum for the story behind this recipe and this is what she told me…
A friend gave me some freshly picked pears from his garden – after eating a few, I decided to make a couple of my favourite dishes, both are gluten free. Apart from ‘Tarte au Poire’ a classic French pudding, cooked pear recipes are not easy to find.
This one is a particlar favourite as it is a change from apple crumble and the addition of macarons gives it a slightly different flavour. I serve it warm with either home-made custard or cream.
The other recipe I shall be making for Sunday lunch as it is refreshing and not to heavy a pudding after a Sunday Roast. It is worth the wait!
2¼lbs (1kg) Ripe Pears
4ozs (125g) Caster Sugar – unrefined
Juice of 1 Lime
70zs (200g) Plain Flour or Gluten Free Plain Flour
4ozs (100g) Butter
12 Macaroons (check the ingredients)
Preheat oven to 180C/350F Gas 4 or 170C Fan Oven
1 Peel, core and cut the pears into large pieces and put into a saucepan with the lime juice and 1oz (25g) of sugar and cook for a few minutes until softened. Then spoon into a dish.
2 Sift the flour, cut the butter into small cubes, and either rub into the flour to make fine breadcrumbs or whizz in a food processor.
3 Add the remaining sugar and mix again.
4 Crumble the macaroons and stir in to the mixture.
5 Sprinkle the crumbs over the fruit without pressing down and bake in the oven for 20/30 minutes until golden brown.
Serve with cream or custard.
Apples can be substituted for pears.