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Alibi's pear and apple crumble
1.5kg apples, peeled and sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
100g caster sugar
1kg pears, peeled and sliced
1 vanilla pod
60ml white wine
20g brown sugar
450g roughly ground almonds
Put the apples in a pot with cinnamon sticks and sugar and put over low heat until the juice runs. Cook until soft, then add sliced pears, the vanilla pod and white wine. Cook until the fruit is soft. The fruit can be prepared ahead and refrigerated.
To make topping, rub the butter into the flour then stir in the sugar and ground almonds.
Put the fruit in a baking dish and spread topping over. Bake at 160degC for 10-16 minutes until fruit is hot and topping is cooked.
Serve with ice cream or cream.
Requested by Tanya Dobson of Invercargill.
Recipe supplied by Kurt Hoffman, head chef at Alibi Bar and Cafe in the Octagon, Dunedin.
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