Roasted Pear and Ginger Crumble

This recipe is taken from the 2009 Milk Calendar. Roasting pears enhances their natural sweetness, and an easy cookie topping combined with buttery-tasting Havarti makes this simple dessert something special. Serve warm as it is or topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cooking: 35 min
Yields 4 - 6 servings
roasted pear and ginger crumble


  • 4 firm ripe pears peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground ginger or ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) coarsely crumbled crisp ginger cookies
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Canadian Havarti or Canadian old Cheddar cheese shredded


Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C). Butter a shallow 8-cup (2 L) square or oval baking dish.

Place pears in baking dish; sprinkle with sugar, ginger and lemon juice and toss to combine. Spread evenly. Roast for about 25 min or until pears are almost tender and starting to brown.

In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs and cheese; sprinkle evenly over pears. Roast for about 10 min longer or until pears are tender and cheese is melted. Serve warm.


Replace pears with 3 tart cooking apples (Northern Spy, Crispin, Granny Smith) and increase roasting time to 30 to 35 min.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 257 Calories
Protein: 6 g
Carbohydrate: 41 g
Fat: 9 g
Fibre: 3 g
Sodium: 250 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 13 % / 139 mg
Folate: 10 %
Iron: 13 %
Niacin: 9 %
Riboflavin: 11 %