Pear Crumble


So you’re scrambling to put together the best meal you can whip up in a few hours…you’ve figured out a delicious main, have great company coming over, and want to end the meal on a sweet note. Here’s a fuss-free, no brainer dessert that is guaranteed to be a hit… and a great way to rescue overripe fruits.

Not only does it take just 10 minutes to prepare, you can even make ahead a whole batch of crumble to freeze for last-minute dessert cravings!

I love having it with a scoop of my favourite ice cream, but feel free to have it however and whenever you like…even for breakfast!

The Recipe serves 4


3 conference pears, cubed

1/3 cup brown sugar (see notes)

Juice from ½ lemon (see notes)

Zest of a lemon (see notes)

¾ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup rolled oats

¼ tsp cinnamon

100g unsalted butter, cubed and chilled

30g walnuts, crushed


Your favourite ice cream, yoghurt, etc


  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
  2. Add the cut pear, lemon juice and zest to a baking dish, and toss gently to coat.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, rolled oats, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt. Add the butter, and rub the mixture together with your fingers until the butter is incorporated and the mixture reaches a crumbly texture.
  4. Sprinkle the topping over the pear, and bake until the topping is golden brown and the fruit has cooked. This should take about 30min.
  5. Serve warm on its own, or with some Greek yoghurt or ice cream.


  • Instead of using lemon, you can also use your favourite citrus fruit!
  • Adjust the level of sugar to taste, especially if you’re using tart fruits
  • If you’re not a fan of walnuts, feel free to replace with other crushed nuts, or leave them out totally!
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