“Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all it’s flavor.” ~ William Cowper
Spiced up pears remind me so much of Christmas, and on a blah monsoon morning, it’s the perfect sort of treat to warm up the soul.
Most refer to crumble as a dessert, but for some reason, I refuse to look at a crumble as a real dessert. It has no chocolate nor is it like a cake… and the oat crumble is just far too breakfast-y for me. This isn’t exactly the sort of desert I prefer after a fancy dinner; it’s more fitting for an afternoon tea… or for a sneaky breakfast… ahem…
But by no means do I make the rulebook, and it’s so incredibly easy to make, every amateur cook can whip this up in a jiffy. Please do offer this as dessert, I don’t judge – as long as it’s this yummy, it really doesn’t matter. And if you’ve made it from scratch, you deserve a pat on the back, no matter what.
So this crumble is spiced up, with Christmas spices such as vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, ginger powder. The heat from the ginger is what makes the big difference. I also add the surprise element of crystallised ginger which works amazing well, and can please even the fussiest eater.
And so what if we are a few months earlier, it’s never a bad time to celebrate a bit of Christmas 🙂