Monday, 22 August 2011

Pear Crumble (Gluten free, vegan)

I suspect that I’m missing a gene.  The ‘real woman’ gene. 

No, I’m not talking lady parts, but that part of real women that is organised and grown up.  Most of my friends are real women.  They’ve got their shit together, they remember to pay the house insurance and are generally in control of their lives.

Whereas I float around in varying degrees of chaos, a bazillion plans half formed in my head and crucial life skills have passed me by.  I really should know where the deeds to the house are, shouldn’t I?

I was thinking about this a few days ago because our extended holiday in France was coming to an end. (It’s OK, soon I’m going to shut up about leaving France.)  For real women this would signal some general clearing up around the house, perhaps a few more loads of washing per day and I reckon there would be some dusting involved.

I did try to get organised. ‘I must defrost the freezer’ I said.  But then I found all this ginger in the freezer and I didn’t want it to go to waste.  (Always keep your ginger in the freezer; it makes it so much easier to grate.)  So I decided to work on a ginger and chocolate brownie recipe rather than carry on with defrosting the freezer.  Look, it makes sense in my head.

And then I noticed the pear tree.  Well of course it’s been there for the last five weeks, but now they’re really ripe and it would be criminal to let them rot.  So I worked on a crumble recipe.

And you know what?  Somewhere in this random universe, my baking-not-tidying plan paid off.

Because this morning my husband drove back to the UK to start his new job.  Only thing is, he took my passport with him. 

So that was a bit of a balls up wasn’t it?  And it’s going to be a real pain sorting out a courier to get it back to me in time for my own trip back with the kids.  But tee hee, it means I am legitimately stranded in France for another four days and the cleaning up can wait!

It’s official: the universe wants me to bake and it doesn’t matter that I’m missing the real woman gene. 

Pear crumble anyone?

Pear Crumble
Very excited by the topping for this.  It’s a variation of my Apple Crumble, but I don’t remember it being so good!  The topping was really crunchy and has got me thinking about all sorts of crunchy cookies and other recipes I might work on.  I opted to use sugar in this, but I’m wondering if agave syrup could work?  Will report back if I make another one.

50g ground golden linseeds + extra whole linseeds for sprinkling
50g ground sunflower seeds
140g dairy free margarine + extra for dotting over the pears
150g sugar
2-3 tsps mixed spice
4-6 large pears
  • Preheat the oven to 180˚ Celsius
  • Peel, core and slice the pears and arrange them in the bottom of your ovenproof dish.  Sprinkle with a teaspoon of mixed spice and mix.  Dot the surface of the pears with some extra dairy free margarine
  • Put the ground linseeds, ground sunflower seeds, two types of flour and two teaspoons of mixed spice into a large mixing bowl
  • Add the margarine and rub it into the flour and seed mix.  It won’t end up looking like breadcrumbs, it will sort of clump together into a fatty mess.  That’s ok
  • Add the sugar to the fatty mess and stir (try to break up the lumps as you do so, but really, don’t worry about it)
  • Crumble the topping over the pears and sprinkle with the extra linseeds
  • Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 mins or until topping is golden
  • Yumptious! Enjoy with soya cream/regular cream or my latest favourite: coconut milk

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Elsie Button said...

I don't think you are missing the gene. Only real women know how to throw a couple of ingredients they found lying around in the freezer/garden, and whip up something delicious.

Hope the passport gets back safely :)

Elsie Button said...

Wow, what a lovely comment that was!

Pig in the Kitchen said...

I know! I'm reeling from it, you make me sound amazing. Thank-you very much. I shall now go and nonchalantly knock up something delicious from stuff I find in the garden...


verity said...

That looks wonderful. And I hoep you do do the ginger and chocolate brownie recipe :)

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Hello Verity, thank-you for your kind comment. I'm about to try my second batch of the brownies, keep your fingers crossed!
Pig x

Iota said...

There's a fridge magnet that says something like "Only boring women have tidy houses" (though I know lots of women with tidy houses who aren't boring, but I like the sentiment).

vicki groth said...

Message from my dh "this is seriously good crumble". Not sure there will be any left for the kids tomorrow!

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Iota, I need that fridge magnet. Although - full disclosure - I did some tidying yesterday and it does make the house a calmer place. Gah!

Vicki, I LOVE your husband! Could I use his quote on my sidebar?! and the crumble is surprisingly good isn't it?! I'm going to make another one today.

Vicki Groth said...

Use away. I think I might need to make another one today, I came down this morning and didn't find much left.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Vicki, now THAT is what I like to hear :-)
Pig x

Verity said...

I have been wondering about making a chocolate version of this...

We now have pears picked from our tree so as soon as they are ripe, O will give either this or that a go!

Yellow Prom Dresses said...

lovely memories, lovely recipe, and lovely five year old.