Chai Spiced Pear Crumble Bars

My friend @theroguebrusselsprout posted a recipe a little while ago, that immediately went on my must-make-list. (It’s a long and ever growing list, yey!) The flavour combo sounded so good and I can assure you that it didn’t disappoint. That warming spice kick from the chai blend was such a great addition! I didn’t have the ingredients to the base that she made, so I found another one and improvised a little. Head over to @theroguebrusselsprout to find the original. And here’s my take:

3 dl plain flour
3 dl rolled oats
0,5 tsp baking powder
0,5 tsp salt
0,5 dl maple syrup
0,5 dl brown sugar
1 dl coconut oil or neutral oil

2 pears, diced
0,5 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
0,5 tsp cardamom
0,25 tsp nutmeg
0,25 tsp turmeric
a pinch of cloves
a pinch of black pepper
1 tbsp maple syrup
0,5 tsp salt

Combine all the ingredients for the base. Whizz it quickly in the food processor if you like. It should be crumbly. Line a oven tray, approx. 20×30 cm with parchment paper. Use 2/3 of the base and press it firmly into the tray.

Mix all the spices for the chai blend (from cinnamon to black pepper). Save 1 tsp of the spice blend for the crust. Pix deiced pears with spice blend, salt and maple syrup. Spread out evenly on top of the base.

Stir the remaining spice blend in with the remaining crust dough. Sprinkle on top of the pear filling. Bake at 175 C for 40-45 minutes until golden. Cool before cutting in squares.