Apple pear cardamom crumble

There’s no doubt, fall is on it’s way. We woke up to the first frost on Monday. It’s hard to mourn the end of summer when fall is just so beautiful, though. The brush surrounding the creek bed was all tipped in white, mist was rolling in, and the aspens shivered in their coats of gold. What’s not to like about that?

Fall is my very favorite time of year. The days are still warm enough to get outside, and the nights cool  enough to cuddle with a loved one under a blanket. Or just curl up in a big lounge chair outside, with a cup of tea, a warm blanket, and a fantastic book. See, fall  is pretty awesome.

By this weekend, we should have the chimney cleaned and will be able to finally enjoy the fireplace too. Yeah, I know, for many people, fall is just the harbinger of winter. I get that, I dug out and washed all the sweaters in the house yesterday, but there’s always a trade right? Plus cuddly sweaters, can’t be beat. And I finally get to turn my oven back on for some serious baking. So, bring on the fall!

The flavors of fall can’t be beat either. Apples and winter squash made their debut at the farmers market last week. That first crisp, fresh off the tree, apple of the fall is the best tasting thing around. Until I figured out this apple pear cardamom crumble, that is. Even as I write this, I find myself craving another taste of it. Yup, gotta do it, you can wait a sec for me, right?

Ooooh, that is good. Unlike most apple crisps, this one holds it’s crisp to day two. Not that there’s going to much left on day two, not much at all.

I used State Fair apples, which were very small and very tart. Be sure to choose a tart apple, as the topping is very sweet. When chopping the apples and pears, remember the smaller they’re cut, the softer they’ll get. Mine were about a ½ inch dice, and so ended up nice and soft. If you want a crisper crumble, just increase the size. And lastly, if cardamom is not your thing (as if!), you can substitute cinnamon, but use about half the amount.

Apple Pear Cardamom CrumbleApple pear cardamom crumble

3 cups chopped pears (about 3 large pears)
3 cups cups chopped tart apples (about 9 small apples)
1 Tbsp melted butter
2 Tbsp sugar
1-1/2 tsp cardamom
Topping:
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
½ cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cardamom
1-1/2 cup crushed graham crackers (about 1 sleeve)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix apples and pears together, and place in a non-stick 8×8 pan. Drizzle apples and pears with melted butter, sugar, and cardamom. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix butter, flour, brown sugar, and cardamom until crumbly. Add crushed grahams. Sprinkle mixture over apple and pear mixture.

Bake 35-40 minutes or until graham topping begins to brown Serve warm with whipped topping or ice cream, or enjoy all on its own!

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