Sometimes, I think of things that go together naturally: Tomato and basil, honey and lemon, or chocolate and pears. Within a tradition, I look at ways to look at it differently. I enjoy a warming apple crisp in winter because of its heartiness and another magical combination of oats and apples. I then thought of the pairing of chocolate and pears again and decided to make a fruit crisp with those flavours
Spiced Chocolate Pear Crisp
Chocolate Spiced Pears:
4 pears, chopped into 2cm/1″ chunks (about 4 cups)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp hot paprika (or cayenne)
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Gold Forest Grains soft white flour
3 Tbsp dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
In a medium bowl, combine the pears, brown sugar, cinnamon, paprika, salt and flour. Divide the spiced pears among 3 15cm(6″) x 25cm(9″) pans. Sprinkle them with the chopped chocolate and set aside.
Chocolate Crisp Topping:
3/4 cup Gold Forest Grains soft white flour
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup Gold Forest Grains traditional oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, oats, brown sugar and salt. Add the butter and crumble into the dry ingredients. Sprinkle evenly over the spiced pears in the 3 small pans.
Bake in a preheated 180C/350F oven for 50-60 minutes or until the crisp topping firms up without starting to dry out. Allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving. Serves 6-8.