The Best, Most Delicious Pear Crumble Cake!

by Karen Ekstrom

Made With Our Own Ranch Pears!

(But you can make it with store bought pears!)



For Crumble Crust:
1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons soft salted butter, cubed
2 egg yolks
2 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

For Pear Mix:
2 1/2 cups of diced pears
1 tablespoon all purpose flour

For Cinnamon Sauce:
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract



For Crumble Crust:
Mix together flour and sugar in a large bowl. Toss the cubed butter into the mix, and whisk and mash with a fork until the lumps are even throughout.
In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and lemon juice, then add them to the large bowl of flour, sugar, and butter. Whisk and mash the mix together until the crumbles are even. Move 1/2 cup of crumble mix to a small bowl for later use.
Grease a glass or aluminium 8″ x 6″ pan, and press the crumble mix to the sides. Bake at 375 for 11-14 minutes or until the edges brown.

For Pear Mix:
While waiting for the crust to cook, dice the pears, leaving the skin on. (If the pears are not soft enough to eat alone, cook the cubes in a skillet with a tablespoon of butter. Bring the butter to a simmer, then add pear bits until they are soft enough.) Put the pears bits into a small mixing bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of flour and mix with your hands until the pears are evenly coated.

For Cinnamon Sauce:
In a small saucepan, whisk sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, water and lemon juice. Then turn the stove on medium and bring the sauce to a boil. Then, add the butter and vanilla extract and stir. The sauce should be thick like caramel.

For the first layer, scoop the pear mix into the cooked crust.


Then, evenly spread cinnamon sauce over the pears. Cut a few slices of butter (1-2 tablespoons) and dot them on top of the sauce.


Finally, cover the top with the remaining crumble mix.


Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until the top crumbles are brown and the cinnamon sauce is bubbling. (I’d top it with ice-cream!)

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Mine Parvaze September 19, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Looks so tasty! Mouth watering! I am afraid I cannot make it, since I do not have your ranch’s pears…

Karen Ekstrom September 19, 2014 - 4:31 pm

If Masood was coming to class on Tuesday I would give him some! Have wonderful travels!

Lindsy August 25, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Oh I am so going to have to make this when our Pear trees are ripe enough!!

Karen Ekstrom August 25, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Lindsy, you’ll like it! I promise!


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