Meatless Monday – Apple and Pear Crumble

Fall fruit pairs perfectly with buttery oat crumble.

The trees are ripe for picking, and if you have bags and bushels of fall fruit at home, it’s time to get cooking. This Apple and Pear Crumble is a great weeknight dessert that’s easy to assemble and wholly satisfying on crisp evenings.

2 pounds bartlett pears, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 to 3 gala apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
¾ teaspoon salt, divided
1½ cups rolled oats
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
5 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, stir together the pear and apple cubes, lemon juice, raisins, maple syrup, 2 tablespoons flour, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Once fully combined, transfer this mixture to a large glass baking dish, about 9 inches by 13 inches.

Use the same bowl to make the topping by combining the remaining ½ cup flour with ½ teaspoon salt, rolled oats, chopped walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter. Stir or use your hands to coat all ingredients with the butter then crumble this mixture over the fruit in an even layer.

Bake the apple and pear crumble for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until the fruit juice begins to bubble around the edges and the topping is slightly browned. Serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream.