A whole pear crumble in a rectangular dish

Pear crumble

  • serves 4
  • Easy

A classic crumble with a thick, crunchy top, this comforting pud really makes the most of pears. Custard or ice cream are non-negotiable!


Make this pear crumble, then check out our apple crumbleplum 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.



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

  • Kcals 577
  • Fat 26.4g
  • Saturates 16.5g
  • Carbs 78g
  • Sugars 39.8g
  • Fibre 2g
  • Protein 5.2g
  • Salt 0.8g