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Pear-Cranberry-Pecan Crumble and a Review of Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was delighted to learn that in a monthly pool for Birchbox Book Club, I won the December Book of the Month to review!  While I do enjoy reading, and would have loved the chance to review any book, it was even more perfect that this month's book was a dessert cookbook.  You know how much I love dessert (and if you didn't, you do now)!

Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson (Joy the Baker) is one of the cutest cookbooks I have ever seen.  From the second I opened the package and saw the cover, with its gorgeous Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Layer Cake, I was in love.  Beyond the cover, the book is full of other incredible recipes: Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Balls, Buttered Popcorn Crispy Treats, Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, Maple Apple Upside Down Cake, and Strawberry Rosé Sangria Granita (to name a few).  All of the recipes look relatively simple and have clear, easy to follow directions.  The pictures are gorgeous and through Joy's introduction and preface to each recipe, you can really tell that she put her heart into this book.  The best part about Homemade Decadence is that there aren't just a handful of recipes that look yummy, they ALL do!  It was so hard to pick a recipe to try first, but the Pear-Cranberry-Pecan Crumble was calling my name.

Pear-Cranberry-Pecan Crumble
(Adapted from Joy Wilson, Homemade Decadence)



  • 4 ripe but still firm pears, preferably d'Anjou
  • 1 heaping cup fresh cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes and at room temperature, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Butter the bottom and sides of an 8 x 8-inch baking dish or spray with Pam baking oil.

2.  For the filling, chop pears into chunks and remove the top stem, fibrous inner stem, and seeds.  Place the pears in the prepared dish, then add the cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice and toss.

3.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.  Add the chunks of butter, and, using your fingers or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until there are crumbles that are roughly the size of peas.  Add in the pecans.  If you want to forgo nuts, add an extra 1/2 cup of oats instead.

4.  Add a third of the oat mixture to the pears/cranberries and mix well.  Add the rest of the oat mixture on top.

5.  Bake until brown and bubbling, about 45 minutes (mine was ready in about 50 minutes).  Let cool about 20 minutes and serve warm, with ice cream if desired.

6.  The crumble will last about 3 days in the fridge...if you don't eat it all first!

This Pear-Cranberry-Pecan Crumble is absolutely delicious!  It is definitely a keeper in our house.  I had it for breakfast and dessert for three days straight! Henley loved the pears from it, too :).

8 Responses to “Pear-Cranberry-Pecan Crumble and a Review of Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson”

  1. Yum yum yum! Love your photos. Stopping by from Dear Creatives link up. Would love for you to stop by my baking blog to say hello!

    1. Stopped by your blog as well, and loved it! Thank you for stopping by! :)

  2. Oh man, I really want that book. Was bummed I wasn't picked for that book, I'll have to pick it up somewhere for sure.

    1. You definitely should, it has some really great recipes! Good luck for the next months pick :)

  3. Looks delicious! I was so disappointed not to be chosen for the book, but I'm glad other people are putting it to good use

    1. Thank you! You should definitely check it out regardless, and good luck in the next month's drawing! :)

  4. Happy New Year, Alyssa! Wow- this looks fabulous for teatime or breakfast! Thx for sharing- visiting from the party link up. :)

  5. this sounds so yummy love the crumble part of it all
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