2 pears, halved or quartered and cored
Juice of ½ orange
1 tbsp honey, xylitol or stevia
1cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks
Plain live yoghurt, to serve

For the walnut crumble:
20g chilled butter
20g spelt flour
10g oats
15g chopped walnuts
½ tsp ground cinnamon
20g honey

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Baked Pears with Walnut Crumble


My family love this alternative to a traditional crumble for its soft, sweet flavours – and for me it has the added bonus of ingredients with health benefits. Pears contain boron – a mineral important for bone health, which helps to prevent osteoporosis and blood clots – and ginger boosts the immune system and circulation; while the topping includes walnuts, a great source of vitamin D, and oats for fibre.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6.

 First make the walnut crumble. Rub the butter and flour together in a bowl. Fold in the oats, walnuts and cinnamon until everything is mixed evenly. Stir in the honey.

Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and scatter over the crumble mix.

Put the pears into an ovenproof dish. Mix the orange juice, honey (xylitol or stevia) and ginger  together and pour over the top. Bake in the oven for 20–30 minutes until tender.

Put the crumble mixture under the pears and bake for 10–12 minutes until golden. Set aside to cool.

Spoon the pears onto two plates with some of the juices – you can leave the ginger behind if you like (it’s just to flavour the juice). Roughly break up the crumble and scatter over the top. Serve with a spoonful of plain live yoghurt.