Warm spices, beautiful produce like pears, apples, pomegranates and persimmons etc. is what embellish the fall season. The early morning and late evening cool breeze tells you that it’s the gorgeous season knocking at the door. And it’s time to go humble on spices. Come autumn and I generously bake cakes and puddings with spices. I just tend to find one more excuse to fire on my oven. Every year, every season brings it’s own charm. And believe me, nothing can be as delicious as the natural seasonal produce. And why should one not bake more and more with seasonal fruits, when it brings the flavours to a new dimension which is pure magical. And to create the magic again, few days back I baked this moreish pear almond cobbler and served it with warm spicy custard. Crunchy almond cobbler sitting atop buttery baked juicy pears drenched in vanilla custard sang the autumn song so sweetly. I was smitten.How could I not? A spoonful of this delicious cobbler and you are in the heaven of comfort. And it was a bit heathy too, If I say so, because of the almond meal and whole wheat flour which made the crunchy topping.
- 6 ripe pears, cored and cut into thin wedges
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- Juice and grated rind of 1/2 lemon
- 40 gm whole wheat flour
- 50 gm almond meal
- 60 gm butter, diced
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 80 gm light brown sugar
- 90 gm caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup flaked almonds
- Preheat oven to 180 degree C. Toss the pears, 2 tbsp flour brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, lemon juice, rind in a bowl to combine and coat. Add 20 gm butter and stir to combine. Spread in a 2 litre baking dish and dot with 20 gm butter.
- Combine baking powder in a bowl with remaining flour, almond meal, caster sugar. Mix in egg to form a smooth batter. Dollop the batter over scattered fruit in baking dish. Dot with remaining butter and sprinkle the almond flakes on top. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until fruit is bubbling.
- Stand for 5 minutes and serve with vanilla custard.
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