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Vanlife Recipe of the month: Cinnamon Cranberry and Pear Crumble

Every month, we share a new road-friendly delicious recipe that you can try from your van or RV. Here's the one for November!

By Caitlin Rockwell

November 3rd, 2021

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This recipe is a sweet treat for the fall and will have your whole rig smelling full of warm cinnamon swirls.  This easy skillet dessert is a fall favorite because it is minimal and quick to make yet full of flavor. Using seasonal pears and cranberries with this dish makes it a sweet and tart take on the classic apple crisp. So grab a cozy blanket, light a soothing candle,  find a new flick to watch, and have a bowl of this one-pan skillet crumble.   My favorite way to serve this dish is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (if you have a freezer in your rig) otherwise it goes great just by itself as well. 


Serves 4          Prep/ Total Time 30 Min

  • 3 ripe medium pears 

  • ⅓  dried cranberries or whole cranberries  

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg (optional)   

  • Pinch of salt

  •  1 tablespoon of butter 

  •  ¼ cup pecans (optional)

For the Crumble Topping

  • 2 tablespoons  butter 

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup of plain granola or whole rolled oats 

  • ½ teaspoon of course sea salt (or regular sea salt) 

In a medium bowl toss the pears, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, and optional nutmeg and pecans. Place the butter in a 9 in cast iron skillet and put over medium heat until butter is melted. Pour in fruit mixture and cover until pears are tender, about 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally. 

For the topping mix melted butter with cinnamon, sugar, and salt then add the granola or rolled oats. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. For a crispy version if you have an available oven, bake at 400 for about 5 to 10 minutes till the oats are brown. Serve warm and enjoy!

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