Our family loves to watch the show “Chopped” on The Food Network.   This recipe was something I came up with during our own version of “Chopped” one evening.  I was given a basket with the following ingredients:  pears, blackberries, unsweetened chocolate, cardamom, and instant oatmeal.  I was given 30 minutes to come up with a delicious desert using these ingredients.  This recipe was my final product.  Yummy and juicy.

Serves 8-10


4 oz unsweetened chocolate

1/4 plus 1/8 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

heaping 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

10 pears, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 cups blackberries

1/4 plus 1/8 cup packed brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the chocolate and stir in the granulated sugar and melted butter. Set aside

For the topping, combine the 1/2 cup brown sugar, oats, and cardamom.

Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse crumble.  Set aside.

Mix the pears and blackberries with the remaining brown sugar.

Spread the fruit in the bottom of a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

Pour the chocolate over the fruit.

Sprinkle the topping over the whole thing.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

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