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    Vanilla pears with blackberries and almond crumb

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 55 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes

    Serves: 4


    4 conference pears, peeled, halved and cored
    1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways, or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
    200ml pressed apple juice
    30g ground almonds
    10g plain flour
    ½ tsp ground mixed spice
    1 tsp light brown muscovado sugar
    10g butter
    150g blackberries


    1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Put the pears in a 2 litre ovenproof dish so they sit snugly in a single layer. Add the vanilla, then pour over the apple juice. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30-40 minutes until the pears are tender (the timing will depend on how ripe your pears are). Meanwhile, put the almonds, flour, mixed spice and sugar in a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter to form small clumps.

    2. Scatter the blackberries over the pears, then sprinkle with the almond crumb mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm.

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    This recipe appeared in Waitrose & Partners Health, Autumn 2019 issue


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