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 pears



    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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1st Sep, 2010
very delicious! and "foolprooved", because my boyfriend made it yesterday evening and it was TASTY! ;D
17th Oct, 2009
I didn't have the liqueur, so put different things into each ramekin including cinnamon, Galliano liqueur, amaretto and ginger. Yum!
31st Aug, 2009
Came out fine using the original recipe, chocolate and pears go great together at the best of times but even more so in this recipe. On the list of 'favourite puds' in my household as a result.
20th Aug, 2009
This is a great light dessert. I made mine with chocolate chips in the topping too which we found worked really well. The next time I make it I am thinking about possibly using tinned pears and adding some raspberries. I'll let you know how it turns out! Also agree that we thought it could have done with some more topping too!
4th Jul, 2009
Very tasty. Next time I think I'll double the quantity for the topping.
5th Jun, 2009
Just cooked this, definately a 'Thumbs up!! :)', boyfriend loved it. Can't believe how low fat it is. Only managed 3 ramikins with the one egg white in the mixture and substitued the poire liquer with apricot brandy, which was perfect.
6th Mar, 2009
I put brandy in mine, but forgot to put the ground almonds was lish!!!
24th Jan, 2009
Delicious - made this tonight and pleased everyone. Put some Amaretto liqueur in for the adults and some mixed spice and nutmeg for the kids. Also, I used 2 egg whites so there was a bit more topping. Fabdabydosy.
16th Oct, 2008
Amazingly easy and very impressive, my guests loved them! Don't know how it manages to taste so chocolately with only cocoa. NB it is very sweet so don't put too much sugar with pears, even if very underipe like mine were. Also almond gives it slight marzipan taste (though maybe this is disguised by alcohol if you use it)
8th Oct, 2008
I have made these and they are beautiful, but the amounts will only make 2 so be careful if your having more than 2 for dinner.


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