Tropical Fruit Crumble

Tropical Fruit Crumble

A delicious poached otaheite apples and banana crumble


Poached O’Tahiti Apples

  • 4 Otaheite Apples (if unavailable, use Anjou pears), cored and sliced
  • 2 cups of red wine
  • Zest of one orange or lemon
  • 1 T. fresh orange juice or the juice of a lemon or two limes)
  • 3 T. of Belcour Guava Preserve (if unavailable, use Honey)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon Stick
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. nutmeg
  • ¼ t. cinnamon
  • ¼ t. ground Allspice
  • ¼ t. ground cloves

Tropical Fruit Crumble

  • 1 recipe poached Otaheite apples
  • ¼ cup poaching liquid
  • 3 ripe bananas and/or mangoes
  • ½ cup of flour
  • ½ cup walnuts or pecan finely chopped
  • ½ cup oats (optional) if not using add another ½ cup of flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter


No special equipment required.


Poached O’Tahiti Apples

Place all ingredients except the fruit in a heavy bottomed pan and bring to a boil to dissolve sugars. *Turn the heat down to medium and place the O’Tahiti apples in the poaching liquid. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. The fruit is poached when it is still somewhat firm but cooked through. If necessary, cook for a few more minutes.

Remove fruit and cook the poaching liquid over medium high heat until it is syrupy. Remove pimento berries and cinnamon stick and pour over the fruit.

*NB warm the jar of Guava Preserve in a small sauce pan filled with a little water. This makes it easier to pour the guava preserve out when icing cakes or using it as a pies or as a glaze for meats.


Tropical Fruit Crumble

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Lay the bananas and O’Tahiti apples in a baking dish in alternating layers of fruit. Pour the poaching liquid over.

Stir together the flour, nuts, oats, salt and brown sugar. Using a pastry blender or two forks, cut the butter into the dry mixture until it looks like sand. Push firmly over the top of the fruit and bake for 30 minutes or until the crumble is brown and bubbly. Serve with whipped cream, coconut pana cotta or vanilla or coconut ice cream.

Monday 11/01/2021

Author: Robert Lumsden

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