Make this pear crumble, then check out our apple crumble, plum crumble, fruit crumble, rhubarb crumble and more comforting crumble recipes.

If you’re cooking for adults, a splash of rum, whisky or brandy with the pears works beautifully.


  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 6 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 200g plain flour
  • 125g butter, cold and cubed
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • custard or ice cream, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.

  • STEP 2

    Put the brown sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in a pan and warm over a medium heat, swirling until the sugar has dissolved. Tip into a bowl with the chopped pears and toss really well to combine. Tip into a 20cm x 30cm baking dish.

  • STEP 3

    To make the crumble topping, tip the flour, butter and caster sugar into a bowl and use up-turned palms and the tips of your fingers to gently rub the butter into the flour, until it resembles sandy breadcrumbs.

  • STEP 4

    Scatter the crumble all over the top of the pears, then sprinkle with some sea salt flakes, if you like. Bake for 30 minutes until the crumble is golden and a little of the sauce is bubbling up at the sides. Flash under a hot grill to brown, if you like. Serve with custard or ice cream.

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