Dairy Farmers of Canada

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
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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 %