Let me start off by saying that this recipe is not an ordinary pear crumble, it has been taken to the next level by roasting the pears and by flavoring it with that amazing Tonewood Maple, which we are in love with. This roasted pear crumbles recipe will definitely be making an appearance at our house often during the season as it is easy to make and it wows dinner guests.
When we received our November package with some new to us maple products, we were excited to play around with the maple cube. Besides it being made from luscious maple, it is also too adorable. The maple cube is another fine product from the folks at Tonewood Maple. You say you like Maple syrup? Then you definitely need to check out what Dori and her staff are doing over at Tonewood Maple.
We have been using maple as a sweetener over sugar products as it contains fewer calories, and it is fat free. It is one of the oldest natural sweeteners and has been a North American staple before Europeans arrived. Maple trees are also a sustainable crop as they do not deplete the soil, and they do not require any chemicals, pesticides, cutting or harvesting. Pretty much as environmentally-friendly, and organic as you can get. Besides being great for the environment, maple is good for us. It contains 20 healthy promoting compounds that help fight disease and is loaded with nutrients such as iron, zinc and potassium.
This recipe was inspired by one I stumbled upon over at Bon Appetit. What caught my eye about this recipe was the free-form style of serving the dish. I tend to lean towards rustic desserts, especially during the cold winter months. Another thing I liked was that the pears were roasted instead of baked. This technique gave them a rich caramel base, that enhanced the natural sweeteners of the fruit, I used the Tonewood Maple Cube to sweet the crumble which I made with oats, pistachios, and some olive oil.
From now until December 15, 2013, for every purchase of $25 or greater, you will receive an 8-pack of maple wafers for free (which are great to keep on your desk for snacking or for stocking stuffers). Just head of to Tonewood place your order and use the following code at checkout CUNOV.
** we were not compensated for this post; we were given the product to try without any obligations. We liked it and wanted to share with you all.
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Roasted Pear Crumble
*inspired by Bon Appetit
** serves 4
2 ripe but still firm Red Bartlett pears
1/2 cup pistachios, shelled
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons maple shavings from Tonewood Maple Cube
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
Preheat oven to 425.
Cut the pears in half and core. Place in a baking dish.
Lightly drizzle a small amount of olive oil over each half.
Place in the oven and roast for 15 – 20 minutes until slightly golden and soft.
Remove from the oven and set aside.
While the pears are roasting toss the pistachios, oats, maple shavings and 1 tablespoon of olive oil together in a mixing bowl. Spread out on a baking sheet.
Toast until golden, stirring often to prevent burning. It will only take about 5 – 8 minutes. Let cool.
Place a dollop of mascarpone cheese on a serving place and top with a pear half. Sprinkle with the crumble mixture.