Nikoletta Nicolaou – Pear, Date & Chocolate Crumble

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  • 5 (about 1kg) Beurre Bosc pears
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 tbs water
  • 200g fresh Medjool dates, halved lengthways and pitted
  • 125g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • Vanilla ice-cream or Greek style natural yoghurt, to serve

Crumble topping:

  • 3/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 75g butter, melted

Step 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Peel pears, quarter lengthways and core. Place in a microwave safe shallow dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice and water. Gently toss to combine. Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes or until just tender. Drain pears and place into a 6-cup (about 4-5cm deep) baking dish. Set aside to cool.

Step 2 To make the crumble topping, combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss until well combined.

Step 3 Toss dates through the cooled pears. Sprinkle with chocolate then sprinkle with crumble topping. Bake for 40-45 minutes until pears are tender and the crumble is golden and crisp. Serve with vanilla ice-cream or Greek-style yoghurt.

Introducing… Nikoletta Nicolaou from Nikoletta’s Kitchen

Who is Nikoletta?

Nikoletta is a passionate home cook, who shops weekly at Paddy’s Markets turning her fresh purchases into delicious dishes inspired by her Cypriot heritage!

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