Chocolate pear crisp

Chocolate pear crisp

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(43 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4
This delicious pud is lovely and rich, you’d never guess it contains zero saturated fat!

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal140
  • fat4g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.03g
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  • 3 ripe pear



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 4 tsp Poire William liqueur or cognac (optional)

For the topping

  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 25g ground almond
  • 1 egg white


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Chop the pears into small pieces and put in a pan with the lemon juice and sugar. Bring to the boil, then cover and cook for 10 mins. Uncover, then cook for 8-10 mins more until the juices thicken up. Spoon into 4 x 150ml ramekins and add a teaspoon of liqueur to each, if using.

  2. For the topping, sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a bowl, then stir in the almonds. Whisk the egg white until stiff, then fold into the dry ingredients. Spoon over the pears and shake the ramekins to level the mixture. Bake for 20-25 mins until the topping is firm to the touch. Serve warm or cold.

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Comments (50)

Sissinghurst's picture

Instead of lemon juice, I spiced up the pears with a little cinnamon and nutmeg - also just a little finely chopped citrus peel. I thought the topping was a little sparse, so doubled up on it, adding the grated rind of one orange for each egg white. Everyone thinks it is delicious and I have been asked for the recipe. Good one, Mary.

peanutbutter's picture

This recipe was very easy and very tasty. I made it for a murder mystery dinner party and it was light, chocolatey and an excellent choice as the last course. I would definitely make it again.

caralinec's picture

Very easy and very tasty

rackeech's picture

Quick, easy and delicious. replaced the pears with ready made coarse apple compote and put 2 egg whites instead of one.

suzanneportelli's picture

Nice for a low fat pudding. I doubled the recipe, but the topping was too sweet for my husband (he doesn't have a sweet tooth).

wendycadman's picture

Where did i go wrong! Not at all successful. Topping very disappointing. Not one for me to make again.

skipperooney's picture

Delicious and easy, I will be making this one again!

caroleanderic's picture

I must have done something wrong as my topping was very gooey and did not seem to be the right consistency at all. I felt that I could have done with a bit more liquid so that it would cover the top of the ramekin easily instead of which it turned out to be a blob! I followed the quantities exactly but think that it may be because I folded the dry ingredients ito the stiff egg white and not the other way around. Could this be it? Any ideas please?

suescafe's picture

This was quick and easy to make, hubby and kids loved this for pud. Another good one to go in our favorites. Will definately have this again. Can it be made in one big pud bowl?

janet0915's picture

Delicious! Great idea for a low fat pud. I made it without any alcohol and it has a lovely chocolate kick and feels like a real indulgence without as much guilt!


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