Gingery pear, apple and pecan cobbler

Gingery pear, apple and pecan cobbler

The warmth of ginger is an absolute winner paired with the first of the season’s apples and pears. Swap in any other nuts you have to hand

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  • Serves6
  • CourseDessert
  • Prepare25 mins
  • Cook45 mins
  • Total time1 hr 10 mins

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  • 350g pears (about 2), cored and cut into wedges
  • 300g red-skinned apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • 3 balls stem ginger in syrup, drained and fnely chopped, plus some syrup for brushing
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, zest and juice
  • 125g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 200g unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 250g self-raising four
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 75g pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • vanilla ice cream or cream, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC, gas mark 5. In a baking dish (roughly 1.5 litres), mix the pears, apples, stem ginger, lemon zest and juice, 75g sugar and a pinch of salt. Dot over 75g butter, then bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the four and a pinch of salt in a large bowl, add the remaining 125g butter and use your fingertips to rub it in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the remaining 50g sugar along with the ground ginger and pecans. Add 4-5 tbsp cold water and, using your hands, bring together into a dough.

  2. Form the dough into 8 rough balls. Flatten each ball slightly, then sit them on top of the dish of fruit, leaving a little space between each (they will spread quite a bit as they cook). Brush the dough with beaten egg and return the dish to the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the topping is golden and puffed up and the fruit is bubbling. Brush over a little of the ginger syrup from the jar and bake for a final 3 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream or cream.

Cook’s tip

Prefer crumble? Don't add water to the topping, scatter the crumbs over the fruit (no need for egg). Drizzle over the ginger syrup before the last 3 minutes of baking.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


3,225kJ/ 772kcals



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