For the “filling”:
8 pears peeled and sliced
generous amounts of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar (or in my case, zucchero di canna)
For the crumble:
½ cup sugar (zucchero di canna)
1-1/2 cups of: oats OR flour- I had farina di farro (spelt flour) handy so I used that as I could not find oats at the store here in Bologna. (You can even use a gluten free flour)
cinnamon (a few sprinkles)
½ cup butter, cubed at room temperature
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Mix the flour (or oats) and the sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle in a bit of cinnamon. Take a couple of cubes of butter at a time and rub it into the mixture with your fingers. Keep doing this until the butter is finished and the mixture resembles that of breadcrumbs.
Put the pears into a large bowl and sprinkle in the sugar and the generous amounts of cinnamon.
Grease and ovenproof dish and spoon in the pears. Sprinkle the crumbles over the pears and bake in the oven for 40 – 45 minutes until golden brown.