Pear, apple and chocolate crumble for a happy Thanksgiving holiday

Most of you will be cooking today, and tomorrow too. Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and root vegetables of all kinds.


Not much on that front: We are in the middle of our house move.

But I am thankful for our great friends R. and E.–R. is a great cook–who invited us over for dinner tomorrow, so that all we will have to do is sit down and enjoy someone’s else cooking.

It always tastes better anyway.

We are lucky. To have food, lodging and loving people around us. Unlike so many around the world. I confess that I always feel reflective, sad and awkward at this time of year. So I will remain quiet, but so thankful for what I have: the most adorable happy daughter and husband, caring families, a great place and country to live in, my blog and you all, and the luck to be able to do what I love for a living.

Happy holiday to all of you. I hope it is full of love, family and friends gatherings–and delicious meaningful food too.

This pear, apple and chocolate crumble is a humble dessert, and it is most likely what I will be making, again, tomorrow.

Perhaps not traditional, but it has a strong meaning for us–beside offering sweet melt-in-the mouth pear and apple sliced covered with melting chocolate.

Actually, I am just finishing one of the desserts as I am typing and Lulu is asleep upstairs in our new home while P. runs last minute errands.

Another warm crumble is waiting for him on the counter top, when he returns. He’d better hurry!

crumble pear apple chocolate gluten free

Pear, apple and chocolate crumble

Pear, apple and chocolate crumble with pecans and pistachios

(For 6 people, served in individual one-cup bowls)

You need:
For the crumble:

  • 3/4 cup quinoa flour (or millet flour)*
  • 1/4 cup teff flour*
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 3 oz (85 g) dark chocolate. 70 % cocoa (I used Valrhona)
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) pecans, chopped coarsely
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) unsalted shelled green pistachios
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) blond cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) light Muscovado sugar
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and diced

*Alternatively, use all-purpose flour

For the fruit:

  • 4 Bosc pears, peeled, cored and sliced finely (choose ripe)
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced finely (I used Honeycrisp)
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons blond cane sugar


  • Butter the bowls and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • In a large bowl, toss the fruit with the sugar and vanilla. Divide between the bowls; set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flours, oats, sugar, chocolate, salt and nuts). Add the butter and work until crumbles form.
  • Arrange the crumble topping on top of the fruit and bake the crumbles for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden and the fruit is bubbling. Eat lukewarm (with cream or yogurt on the side. Or even vanilla ice cream, if you like that combination).
Posted in Breakfast, Chocolate, Dessert, Fruit, Gluten Free, Life and Us


  1. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends with lots of delicious food! And congratulations for your new home. Finally.

  2. I am new to your blog.have been reading and pouring over your recipes.I am very much inspired to start a food blog looking at your awesome you and ur blog

  3. Oh je vais essayer cette recette pour notre déjeuner de Thanksgiving!
    Moi aussi cette période me rend souvent un peu triste, car réaliser son propre bonheur et sa chance fait apparaître encore plus clairement les injustices.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all on the other side of the Ocean. Think of you and wish you a happy holiday!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!! It is a blessing to share beautiful moments with family. And a great blessing too to have the opportunity to do what you love for living, hoping the same.

  5. I like this recipe because pears and chocolate is one of my favorite combination!

  6. Quelles jolies photos ! C’est toujours un régal pour les yeux ici !
    Joyeux thanksgiving à toute ta petite famille et merci à toi pour ces bonnes idées à partager avec ceux que l’on aime

  7. Crumble with pears and chocolate NOW! 😉

    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful recipes throughout the year!
    Your images have that certain look that tell immediately who created them, bravissima.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,

  8. Un feu crépite dans le poêle à bois, le chat ronronne et dehors il neige sur la Lorraine et les Vosges du Nord. Ce crumble poire-choco arrive à point nommé pour nous réchauffer. Profitons des douceurs terrestres et des moments de bonheur partagé ;

    Happy Thanksgiving à tous !

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  10. I love your blog and your colorful life. Happy thankgiving! Tough I’m in Beijing, China, visiting your blog has become my everyday routine when standing by my PC.

  11. Pear, apples, and chocolate in a crumble!? It sounds so decadent. I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your friends!

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  13. I love your blog and your colorful/artistic pictures!
    You’ve done a great job!
    Greetings from the snowy-white Switzerland!

  14. congratulations on your new home – i’m very happy for you.

  15. Hello Beatrice from a greek food blogger-lover!
    Congratulations for this wonderful blog, for the delicious recipes and the beautiful photos.
    Nice to find you!

  16. I love preparing crumbles, I just made one with Quince fruit the other day. Can’t wait to try this one though!

  17. Beatrice – Happy New Year and a million thanks for the always lovely and inspiring blog. My question re: the crumble is what does one do to the chocolate? Grated? Chunked? Merci.

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  19. Dear Bea,

    Yet another quinoa delicacy that i loved baking and relishing on a friday evening. To me baking meant flour+eggs+butter and likes. so glad to have discovered crumbles and such… can’t await summer to try your seasonal recipes. thank you so much! btw… i made this with pears+plums and white chocolate in the topping:)