What could be better than a dessert that only takes 7 minutes to make? No, we can not count the eternal wish of the tasty zero calorie dessert. Well, the answer is Individual Microwave Apple Pear Crumbles. A perfect quick fix when that sweet craving kicks in but you actually don’t want to have too much sugar. Packed full of fruit, and a buttery sweet crumble topping and did I mention it only takes 7 minutes to make?
I reckon if you take out all the peanut butter recipes, then this blog consists mainly of fruit recipes. I love fruit, its natures candy. Now I can’t lie. I love fruit because it is so sweet, let’s be honest at the end of the day it is still packed full of sugar. But and here is the but, we can be all smug and righteous about it because its a naturally occurring sugar. Or can we?
In the UK there is a huge government campaign for all children and adults to consume 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Funnily enough, it’s the 5 a day campaign! I never said it was clever. But there has been a recent shift in the thinking. That it should now be 3 portions of veg a day and only 2 portions of fruit a day. They even label fruit with sugar labels. Do you guys have the traffic light indicators on food in your countries?
A quick detour.
It’s actually a good idea, it tells you about, fats, salts, carbs and sugar in the food you are about to enjoy. At a quick glance, you can gauge if a food is bad for you or at least something you should only consume as a treat. Why pizza is all red I have no idea…..lol. The reason I bring this up is that I am a total fruit addict. I am trying to snack on more veg and less fruit now because of this campaign. The great thing about these individual microwave apple pear crumbles is if you have gotten to the end of the day and are running a little short. Then bam you can enjoy 2 of your 5 a day. In themselves, these little treats are actually pretty healthy. The refined sugar is limited, but the natural sugars do keep it pretty sweet.
I shall stop boring you with these educational food tips now and get back to these individual microwave apple pear crumbles. The topping is your basic crumble mixture, just in greatly reduced amounts. A little flour, sugar, butter and a pinch of cinnamon to bring it all together. The combination of the fruit and topping make a lovely quick dessert. I didn’t serve these with anything else, but some custard or a lovely vanilla ice cream would fancy them right up.
Individual Microwave Apple Pear Crumbles
- 1 medium-sized firm dessert apple (I used a Granny Smith - peeled, cored and chopped into cubes.)
- 1 medium-sized firm pear - peeled (cored and chopped into cubes.)
- Pinch of ground cinnamon.
- 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter.
- 2 and 1/2 tablespoons plain (all purpose flour.)
- 1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar.
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter.
- Pinch salt.
- Peel, core and chop your apple and pear up into medium-sized chunks and place in a large mug.
- Sprinkle over a pinch of ground cinnamon and lightly toss the fruit.
- Place the 1/2 teaspoon of butter over the fruit and cover with clingfilm/plastic wrap. Pearce, it several times. Cook in the microwave on high for 2 minutes at 800 watts or 1 minute 30 seconds at 1000 watts. Carefully peel back the clingfilm/plastic wrap and pour off any excess liquid.
- While that is cooking in a small dessert bowl, add in the flour, sugar, cinnamon, butter and salt. With your fingertips mix until it looks like lumpy sand.
- Then crumble this mixture on top of your fruit in your mug.
- Recover with the pierced clingfilm/plastic wrap and cook for a further 2 minutes at 800 watts or 1 minute 30 seconds at 1000 watts.
- Peel of the clingfilm/plastic wrap and leave to stand for at least 1 minute then serve. Best eaten immediately.
Crumble topping anything and we are sold!!! Individual crumbles is the way to go because I might not be able to control not eating a whole 9 x 11 pan of this in one sitting.
That’s the reason I made individual ones, I have zero control! 😀
Seems like this is an easy and delicious gluten free recipe.. i have to try this as I am right now obsessed with GF recipes.
Thanks, Priya. Using gluten-free flour will easily turn these treats gluten free.
great dessert idea! i love a crumble but i’ve never tried making them in the microwave–must do!
They really do work well Grace 😀
Can’t wait to try this, Emma – love pears and apples together, and love that you do this in a microwave!
No traffic lights on our food – we are the worst at healthy eating. At least a California now requires calorie counts on menus!
Thanks, David. At least calorie counts on menus will help to steer people to make better choices. I really like the traffic lights on foods, because when I’m in a hurry and need something on the go. I can see what is the better option for me.
It is a brilliant system, Emma! Wish we would adopt it here!
Maybe it will catch on worldwide one day David 😀
oooh yum! i love crumble but usually only make it when i have way too much fruit. this sounds perfect for when i want crumble but don’t have counters overflowing with fruit (;
Very true Heather 😀
Fun dish! I’ve been “baked” apples in the microwave, but not a crumble. I will, though. 🙂 Thanks!
It works really well John 🙂
Some days, I crave for a dessert but don’t want to turn on the oven. This individual pear crumble in the microwave is a fabulous idea for those days!
Thanks, Balvinder. This is a great option for those days!
I saw this on Instagam and knew I wanted to make these. I mean, an apple and pear combo?? That sounds like heaven!
It’s a hard combo to beat. thanks, Cathleen.
Well this sounds like an amazing idea! 7 minutes for pudding? Yes please!
A quick pudding is always a good pudding! Thanks, Caroline 😀
This looks so easy and so delicious – love the idea of a dessert that is ready to eat in just 7 minutes 🙂 Genius!
Thanks, Miriam. I am all about getting that dessert quickly!
Easy peasy and delicious! I have never thought of using microwave to make a crumble dessert. This is definitely on my list to try.
Thanks, Angie 😀 I was sceptical at first but they really do work, and great for small batch desserts.
I LOVE this idea! I rarely make pies or cakes because I don’t want to eat the whole damn thing. And sure, you can say, “Well, don’t eat the whole thing!” Yeah right, have you met me? If there are pie and cake in the house, I’ll go nuts on it. I love this idea because it helps kill the sweet cravings without overindulging! My kind of dessert! Awesome job 🙂
Thanks, Christina 😀 I can completely understand. I have zero self-control so I have to give anything I make away, as quickly as I can. Because I will just keep returning to it until I have finished the whole darn thing!