Cooking for one can be a bit of a pain. I have so many bookmarked recipes that are for four or more people and not particularly easy to split. I get bored eating the same thing several times in a row and my freezer is currently full (thanks to a recipe I tried out the other week that made enough food for 6-8 people… which I obviously didn’t forget to check before I started. Ahem.), which I need to sort out before I start making soup for the winter. Now I love crumbles, but all my recipes seem to be for large crumbles to feed at least six people. I could probably eat a whole six-person crumble in one go all by myself… but just because you can doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a good idea. So I decided to try making myself a one-person crumble. Cooking for one shouldn’t mean depriving oneself, it just means trying to adapt things to make smaller quantities.
I was originally going for a pear hazelnut crumble, but as I was rummaging around the fridge, I happened across an apple that was looking a little lonely all by itself, so I decided to make a two-person pear and apple hazelnut crumble. The two-person crumble turned into a three-person crumble because the fruit turned out to be a tiny bit too much for just two ramekins. So much for a one-person crumble… Since I made them in ramekins it’s easy enough to just limit oneself to eating one at a time though, so it’s not much of an issue (otherwise I’d have just another spoonful, and just a little one more, and oh… where did the crumble go? Woops.).
The flavours of pear, apple and toasted hazelnut complement each other so well, and are really the perfect autumnal combination. I don’t think I’ve ever matched all three flavours together before, but I’ll definitely be trying the combination out again! Since the hazelnut flavour in these crumbles absolutely shines through, I’m submitting this to this month’s AlphaBakes challenge, which is being hosted by Caroline Makes, because the random letter is “H” – H for hazelnut, but also for honey, which also features. I’m not entirely sure whether the challenge is only for baked goods, or whether anything that has seen the inside of a hot oven is fair game. I’m going with the latter…
Pear & apple hazelnut crumble
Recipe from my imagination
To toast the hazelnuts, spread them out on a baking tray, place in an oven pre-heated to 180°C and roast for 10 min, until they smell toasty (be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn). Rub the hazelnuts in a clean tea towel to remove most of the skins, and allow to cool fully before using. I used a bosc pear and a braeburn apple since that’s what I had in the fridge. If using a small apple and small pear, you could probably fit the slices into just two ramekins instead of three. I always think that crumble is best served with pouring cream or ice cream.
25g unsalted butter
4 heaped tsp light brown sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
20g porridge oats
20g toasted hazelnuts
1 medium apple
1 medium pear
2-3 tbsp Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)
2-3 tbsp honey
1. Add the sugar, flour and cinnamon to a medium-sized bowl. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the sugar and flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
2. Roughly chop the hazelnuts and stir into the crumble mixture with the porridge oats. Set aside.
3. Slice the apples and pears (you might need to cut the slices into two or three to fit them into the ramekins) and mix together. Set out three ovenproof ramekins (mine are 0.2 litres) and split the apple and pear mixture between them. Drizzle with about 1 tbsp of Frangelico per ramekin, followed by about 1 tbsp of honey, then top with the crumble mixture, evenly split between the three ramekins. Don’t pat down the crumble mixture, but make sure that it covers the fruit more or less evenly.
4. Place the ramekins on a baking tray and bake for 25-30 mins until the crumble is golden. Serve immediately, accompanied by pouring cream or ice cream.