Back before I was drawn like a moth to the flame that is London, I was just a small town girl – not living in a lonely world, but working in a theatre.

Obviously this type of work could bring with it amazing, adrenaline rush days where I was dropped into different scenarios with a lot of interesting challenges.

Chocolate Pear & Pecan Crumble
However, what nobody tells you about is the catering. I mean, holy crap, the food cooked up to fuel the artists and crew was just insane. Considering the touring chefs had to set up kitchens in a room resembling a broom cupboard and feed upwards of 40 people 3 meals a day, the food they whipped up was nothing short of miraculous.

chocolate pear pecan crumble
One such miracle meal was a chocolate fruit crumble. A crumble…WITH CHOCOLATE. A chocolate pear & pecan crumble to be exact. I love crumbles – I mean, what other food has more comforting winter memories than a home cooked Sunday roast followed up with a helping of crumble and custard?

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Sadly I never got the recipe from the chefs so my take on the chocolate crumble is a bit of an experiment from many different recipes I’ve seen over the years. I use pears as they’re the perfect combo with the chocolate and a little different to your usual apple and berry affairs. I also wanted to add a little crunch into the recipe so what better than my current food crush, pecans?

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Chocolate Pear & Pecan Crumble
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
For the filling
  1. 4 ripe pears
  2. 2 tbsp honey
For the crumble topping
  1. 1 tsp cinnamon
  2. 100g caster sugar
  3. 100g unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  4. 150g plain flour
  5. 100g pecan nuts, chopped
  6. 100g dark chocolate chips
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Peel, core and slice your pears. Put them in a baking dish, drizzle with the honey so they’re coated and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Put the dry ingredients and the butter in a bowl and rub together with your fingers until combined and crumbly in texture. Mix in the chopped pecans and chocolate.
  4. Scatter the crumble topping so it covers the pears evenly.
  5. Bake for 20-25 mins or until golden and bubbly.
  6. Serve with cream, vanilla ice cream or my favourite, custard.
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