Pear and Butterscotch Crumble

"This, to me, is the perfect fall crumble recipe. As a bonus for making it, you learn how to make your own homemade butterscotch sauce and also should have enough left over to use as a topping for ice cream or rice pudding. Yum!"
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  • 1 kg ripe pear, peeled and sliced
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 75 g toasted sliced almonds
  • 100 g polenta
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 75 g golden caster sugar
  • 90 g butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • For the Dulce de Leche

  • 75 g muscovado sugar
  • 50 g butter
  • 150 ml double cream
  • vanilla


  • Start by making the dulce de leche.
  • Take a small saucepan and heat together the sugar, butter and cream with a dash of vanilla.
  • Stir gently until the sugar dissolves and then boil for three minutes.
  • Take off the heat and set aside.
  • Now, preheat the oven to 350 F or 180 degrees C.
  • Place the pears in an ovenproof dish with the lemon juice, tossing gently to coat.
  • Top the pears with the almonds, then spoon over as much dulce de leche, or home-made butterscotch sauce, as you need to cover all the pears and almonds.
  • To make the crumble topping, combine the polenta, flour and sugar in a bowl, then rub in 75g of the butter and salt.
  • Tip this over the pears and press down lightly.
  • Dot the surface with the remaining butter and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Allow the crumble to stand for about 10 minutes, then serve with ice cream.

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