3 nashi pears, peeled
Juice and zest of 1
1 tbsp sugar
180 g plain (all-purpose)
50 g porridge oats
120 g butter, cut into
50 g sugar
Japanese nashi, or ‘Asian pears’, are a crisp, succulent midway point between an apple and a pear. In culinary terms, this makes them a great alternative to both these fruits. As autumn draws in, try this versatile ingredient raw in salads and fruit salads, or in warming, comforting desserts like this nashi pear crumble.
Top tip: sprinkle half a teaspoon of nutmeg over the pears along with the sugar. Use brown or demerara sugar for a deeper flavour.
1 Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F.
2 Place sliced pears in a baking dish. Sprinkle with the sugar. Stir the orange zest into the juice and then pour over the pears.
3 Place flour, oats and butter in a bowl and rub together using your fingertips until all the butter is combined. The mixture should have formed small lumps or ‘crumbs’. Stir in the sugar.
4 Scatter the crumble topping evenly over the fruit. Bake for around 30 minutes until golden brown on top.
5 Cool slightly before serving with cream, vanilla ice-cream or, if you can get it, British custard.