I like pears. Sorta.

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I like poms. Lots!

Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups I howsweeteats.com

I figured… why not throw them in a cute little cup… together… with sugar and cinnamon and cardamom and all sorts of things to make them syrupy and warm… then top them with a crispy, crunchy, crumbly crumble? Pomegranate arils in a crumble might be weird. Or they might be, uh… TOTALLY AMAZING.

I mean, how’s that for a Friday breakfast?

Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups I howsweeteats.com

So I did it.

I do what I want.

Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups I howsweeteats.com

Plus a little ice cream. You need it!

Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups I howsweeteats.com


Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups

Yield: serves 4


4 bartlett pears, peeled and cubed
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
3/4 cup pomegranate arils (1 large pomegranate)

2/3 cup oats
1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/3 cup crumbled gingersnap cookies
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of cardamom
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) softened unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss pear cubes with sugar, flour, cinnamon and cardamom. Once thoroughly mixed, toss in pomegranate seeds and let sit while you make the crumble.

In a bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, gingersnaps, flour, cardamom and cinnamon. Add softened butter and vanilla, and mix thoroughly with a fork or your hands until it becomes clumped together. Spray 4 ramekins with non-stick spray, then add an equal amount of pears/pomegranate in each. Layer crumble mixture on top of each pear cup. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until crisp is golden brown. Serve hot and with ice cream if desired. Garnish with additional pom arils.

[crumble from my blueberry balsamic crisp]

Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups I howsweeteats.com

Add a little chocolate too. Seriously. Do what you want.

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97 Responses to “Pomegranate Pear Crumble Cups.”

  1. #
    Jennalee @ Icing on the Cake — December 2, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    Um. Wow. This looks absolutely delicious. I love pomegranates. Pears, not so much, but this just looks absolutely amazing. I’ve got to try this.


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    Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty — December 2, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

    i find delicately peeling the little gems out of the pom itself holy therapeutic. this is sunday breakfast for sure.


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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — December 2, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

    I’m not a huge pear fan either; I think it’s the texture. But baked into a festive winter dessert topped with a buttery, crispy topping I think I might have to become a pear liker (not quite at the lover stage just yet)!


  4. #
    betty — December 2, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    What a perfect combination, the acid of the pomegranate and the sweetnes of the pear


  5. #
    Anne Weber-Falk — December 2, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    Beautiful photo of that pear. Thank you for that. Beautiful.


  6. #
    Ashley's Cooking Adventures — December 2, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful. I love the combination of pears and pomegranate. You are so smart!


  7. #
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — December 3, 2011 @ 12:38 am

    Gorgeous! We had a pomegranate tree growing up and I just love them! Pears are good too…


  8. #
    Kate — December 3, 2011 @ 2:16 am

    Just do you know, when I read “I do what I want” I must admit it was in an Eric Cartman voice.


  9. #
    Vicky @ Recipe Adaptors — December 3, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    I’m not a big pear fan in general, but that looks ….yum!


  10. #
    Sandra — December 3, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    Two snaps in a circle for this one!


  11. #
    belle (tinkeringinthekitchen) — December 3, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    What a delicious idea :) Ive just bookmarked to try out tomorrow. Thanks! Belle


  12. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — December 3, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    What a great combination! I am obsessed with your pomegranate photo! I would put it on a canvas and hang it on my wall if I were you!


  13. #
    Lisa [With Style and Grace] — December 3, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    I’ll take two, thanks!


  14. #
    Katie — December 3, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Oooh I like it when you do what you want. It’s always delicious.

    Also, that pom shot is beautiful! I want to frame it and hang it in my kitchen.


  15. #
    Andrea — December 3, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    this looks scrumptious! can you please tell me what size ramekins to use? thanks!!


  16. #
    Marie Baars — December 3, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    I am reading your blog on My new iPad and I must say, your pictures look even more amazing then they do on the regular laptop.


  17. #
    Curt — December 3, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    What an awesome looking dish! I love the crumble on top.


  18. #
    Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles — December 3, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    Bought pears yesterday without even knowing these cups were coming! Must be a sign or something. I Probs should make these just in case =)


  19. #
    Julie — December 4, 2011 @ 12:09 am

    These are just beautiful…I’ll bet they are delicious :)


  20. #
    raquel — December 4, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    something that I look forward to try…this is very interesting breakfast and I know the taste is really great.


  21. #
    Nicola @ unhip squirrel — December 4, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    Yummyyy! I’m a freak for pears. I really love them. And pomegranates. Never heard of them together. I’m betting it was delish!


  22. #
    Lu — December 4, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    Lucky me! I happen to have pears and pomegranates in my fridge that need eating TODAY. :)


  23. #
    Cookin' Canuck — December 4, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

    Breakfast, dessert, snack…I’d eat this any time of day. Great recipe!


  24. #
    lina @ a little chef — December 4, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

    This looks like such a cheerful breakfast! Those happy little peeks of pomegranate were a great way to start the day, I’m sure.


  25. #
    Emily — December 9, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    Do you know about smacking pomegranates to get the seeds out? It’s amazing. Just cut a whole pomegranate in half and hold it, cut side down, over a big bowl (your hand will be between the pomegranate and the bowl). Take a metal spoon and smack the rounded part of the pomegranate–hard!–with the back of the spoon. The seeds will start falling out like magic. Just keep smacking with the spoon until you’re done!



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