In Love with Fall Fruit

When Fall comes, without a doubt, I look to the fruit section for inspiration. The colors are beautiful. The flavors are unique. And it gives me a good excuse to make something yummy to get my day started. This Cranberry and Pear Crumble is full of flavor and still light enough to bypass "yummy guilt". 

I don't make new or different things for my kids unless I can guarantee they will love it, so when I am trying something new I only make one or two servings. That's perfect when I just want enough for breakfast anyway. Often times, recipes can be hard to divide into small portions to make only one serving size, so guestimating and "winging it" can come in to play! For this Crumble I measured how much my cup could hold, and adjusted my ingredients to fit. I made enough for two! (One now, and one for later of course!) And....I made it in the microwave. You can do it in the oven as well. But I like the idea of eating in 5 minutes, rather than 35 minutes.

Here's what I did. First, gather your ingredients.

1/4 cup of cranberries, (mine were from the freezer because I haven't seen them anywhere just yet)
1 medium size pear
1 Tb white sugar
1 Tb brown sugar
1/4 Tsp cinnamon
1/8 Tsp cornstarch
vanilla bean seeds, scraped from the inside of about 1 inch of a bean

 Chop your pear into 1/2 inch chunks, and in a medium size bowl mix all your ingredients together. Make sure all the fruit is coated evenly with your dry ingredients, but don't over mix or your pear will turn to mush. You want it to be chunky.
 Divide your fruit between two microwavable cups, and set these aside to make your crumble topping.

Next is the topping.

1 Tb butter, cut into chunks
1 Tb flour
1 Tb sugar
1 Tb oats

Using a fork, cut all your ingredients together.  
 The Crumble topping is ready when it looks like this.

Divide it between your two cups. 

Set your cups in your microwave on opposite sides. Cook on medium for 2 minutes. I then spun them around and cooked them for one more minute.

Let them cool for a few minutes before digging it! The crumble will be gooey and bubbling. It's so tempting to get your spoon and dig in, but trust me...let it cool for a few minutes! You'll enjoy it more if you aren't burning your tongue! 

It's so good-- you have to try it!

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