Cardamom Pear Crumble

by Kate on November 21, 2013

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Crisps, crumbles, cobblers, buckles. Each one of these type of desserts are ones that immediately bring to mind thoughts of warmth and comfort. There’s something about digging a spoon into a baking dish fresh from the oven filled with warm fruit, fragrant spices and topped with a sprinkle of streusel, oats or biscuits. Here cardamom scented pears are topped with cinnamon streusel in this unique Cardamom Pear Crumble.

Cardamom is a spice that is underused in my house and often forgotten about. I remember several years ago I made an Olive Oil Cake with Candied Oranges. It was my very first time baking with olive oil (which if you haven’t done, you really should give it a try.) The candied oranges are bathed in honey and cardamom which was also the very first time I’d tried cardamom. I was hooked.

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When it came time for Improv Challenge this month we were given the ingredients cardamom and orange which immediately brought back memories of that lovely moist, fragrant cake. As I began to think about what to pair my cardamom and orange with this time around, my mind turned to one of my favorite fruits of the season. I know you are wondering where the cranberries are since I’ve been bombarding you with them lately but here I let pears stand by themselves. The pears were accented only by the cardamom and orange. Topped with a walnut and cinnamon streusel, these pears are baked to tender perfection.

As this pear crumble bakes, the aromatic smell of cardamom is absolutely intoxicating. That sweet, spicy, complex smell was so hard to resist and if I wouldn’t have burned my tongue, I would have dug right in. This crumble is best served warm from the oven and a scoop of vanilla ice cream never hurt anybody. Just sayin’.

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Cardamom Pear Crumble

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Cardamom Pear Crumble

Cardamom scented pears are topped with cinnamon streusel in this unique crumble.


  • 3 large pears, cored and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Topping:
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 2 Quart round or 8x8 square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together pear slices, orange zest and cardamom. Pour into prepared dish.
  3. Whisk together 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Add 6 tablespoons softened butter and rub the mixture until sandy. Add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Press the mixture into clumps and then sprinkle over pears.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, until top begins to brown. Serve warm.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines November 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

Swoon. I adore cardamom. It’s one of my favorite spices. And you’re absolutely right about crisps and crumbles. There’s something so warm and comforting about them.


Kate November 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Truly comfort food at it’s finest. Thanks Christiane!


Kristen November 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

Love the pear/orange combination. I think I’d eat this for breakfast as well as dessert!


Kate November 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm

What a good idea! Wish I’d thought of that when I still had some leftover.


Ruthy @ Omeletta November 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

Ooh, there is nothing like a bowl of warm crumble on a cold afternoon, and I love that this would taste even warmer and spicer with that cardamom! Totally worth the burned tongue, I’m sure (although- ouch!!)


Kate November 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Indeed worth the burned tongue but definitely worth the wait 😉


Cookaholic Wife November 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

These look absolutely wonderful. I’m really tempted to make these for Thanksgiving, even if we already have 3 other desserts. Maybe I’ll force myself to wait until Christmas.


Kate November 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Good news is, if you decide to add this to your Thanksgiving menu it’s super easy to make! You could even make little individual crumbles. Talk about cute for your guests!


Karen - Cinnamon Freud November 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Love this crumble! Pears are often neglected in fruit desserts, so I love this recipe


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