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Partridge in a Pear Tree Crumble

crumbleAs the snow turns the city into a winter wonderland and a chill sets in to turn my cheeks rosy, all I want is a warm and wholesome dessert to fill me from the inside out. That, and a big mug of spiked hot chocolate, certainly does the trick.

Pears are such a beautiful, seasonal winter fruit. When all the  succulent berries of summer are harder to find, the pear looks rich in its golden robe. Not to mention, it’s the most talked about fruit in the “12 Days Of Christmas”.

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I’ve always wondered if partridges really sit in pear trees. Think about it. Have you ever seen a real live partridge roosting in a pear tree? Of course, it doesn’t help that I don’t live in a pear-friendly climate, but even searching for an image of such an occurrence came up fruitless. Sure, there are lots of pear trees and tons of partridges. But, just try to find a picture of a real life partridge sitting in a real pear tree. I dare you. Maybe that’s why it’s so special that someone was given a partridge in a pear tree.2013-11-08 16.50.36

Anyway, if you want something for Christmas that’s a bit more useful than a partridge in a pear tree, I’m running a contest for a great cookbook and wine guide from the chef and sommelier at the A16 restaurant in San Francisco, who focus on the cuisine of Campania, Italy. It’s great. 2013-11-08 16.56.47

 

If I haven’t Christmas’d you out already, here’s a special treat for all my Canadian friends. Heck, a special treat for anyone who likes fun and maybe enjoys beer. Or, people who drink beer and wear toques (aka Canadians). I’m rambling, but after picking up the Bob & Doug Mckenzie album a few weeks ago, my BFF and I had to listen to this song as we decorated our tree. It’s a classic, really. I remember the first time I heard it, driving around on Christmas Eve with my family and looking at the Christmas lights. I was so in love with it.

Bob and Doug Mckenzie were created as a time-filling SCTV sketch, “Great White North”. Even though the sketch was only supposed to show on Canadian television channels, it eventually become so popular that Americans got to see it too. It became a cultural phenomenon, I dare say, although might have skewed the way Americans see us northerners. Either way, it’s funny stuff.

Now, “The 12 Days Of Christmas” by Bob and Doug Mckenzie is here for you to fall in love with …

Partridge In A Pear Tree Crumble

Makes about a dozen small servings.

  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6-8 Bosc pears, cored and sliced to about 2 millimeters (about 3 pounds or 1.4 kilograms)
  • Juice of half a lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons water

Topping

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 cup butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C).
  2. Slice the vanilla bean in half. Take out the seeds and toss them in the sugar. Stir in the 2 tablespoons flour and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, toss pears with the lemon juice then add the mixture from step 2. Spread evenly in a casserole dish and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of water.
  4. In the mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, sugar and remaining cinnamon. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the pears.
  5. Bake in oven for 40-50 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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This entry was posted on December 12, 2013 by in Pie, Sweets, Vegetarian, Winter and tagged , , , , , , .

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