pear and apple crumble

by Sharon Santoni
apple crumble

The perfect dessert for a cold winter day. Easy to make, pretty to look at and utterly delicious.

To make this recipe I used 10 fruits (apples and pears), sugar to taste, and a couple of cloves. To make the crumble mix I always allow for twice as much flour as butter, and then add a couple of spoons of sugar.

Peel and core the fruit and cook in a pan with a little water, the sugar and the cloves. While that is cooking, you can make the crumble mix. Drop the flour into a mixing bowl, and add the butter cut into cubes. Using your fingertips and quick light movements, rub the butter into the flour. When it is well mixed in, add some sugar.

Pop the cooked fruit into an oven dish, and sprinkle the crumble mix evenly over the top to hide the fruit.

Bake in a medium to hot oven until golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream or custard.

An absolute staple of home and family cooking. And of course it works with lots of different fruit through the seasons. Through all the years raising my children and feeding our family, I couldn’t tell you how many crumbles I made, it was definitely one of our favourites.

How about you? If you had to list your three most often prepared family dishes, what would they be?


Ceew February 17, 2021 - 1:52 am

I am going to bake this as soon as I get to the grocer for the fruit! Looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

Marla February 17, 2021 - 2:25 am

Looks delicious and easy! As aside, kinda wild to see the date as tomorrow’s since it’s still the 16th in the states.

Pamela February 17, 2021 - 4:17 am

Almost identical to the recipe I watched my mom prepare growing up. It’s a staple for my kitchen now. Our favorite fruits to use are peaches and apricots together, and strawberries also make a great crumble.

Anne-Marie Angle February 17, 2021 - 3:53 am

Sounds delish

Deborah February 17, 2021 - 7:29 am

I make kedgeree, fish tacos and blueberry pancakes, not all in the same meal!, but as most requested by my family.

Linda February 17, 2021 - 7:59 am

My husband made an apple pie with added pears because he did not have enough apples! It was the best ‘apple pie’ he had ever made and it drew many compliments!

SuSa February 17, 2021 - 9:40 am

Thank you for showing me how easy it is to make a delicious crumble dish. Will try this very soon.

pearl February 17, 2021 - 11:19 am

Dear Sharon, You have just made My Day a lot Happier and Sunnier with this Beautiful and delicious recipe…..

Have A Great Day…

With Kindest Regards


Pam February 17, 2021 - 11:20 am

Hi Sharon!!
This looks so delicious!! I’m going to make it soon or as soon as my guys have eaten whats made already.

If you asked my hubby and oldest son what did I make the most when hubby and I were married near a year they would say, Shake’n Bake.

You see, I’m a diabetic and right after we were married I became pregnant and was very very ill so when I had our youngest son I was so tired and he was a 5wk premie and never slept more than 2hrs so I was very exhausted.

So one day led into another day so I made what they liked but I did it every night for 2wks!!! I finally made it again about 5yrs ago on our 25th anniversary. We had a great laugh!!

Pam xox

Kate Dickerson February 17, 2021 - 1:21 pm

It’s cold and snowy here in Massachusetts, and this looks like the perfect comfort dish for the moment. Thanks!

Vicky from Athens February 17, 2021 - 1:55 pm

Can’t wait to make it! It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing one of your family favorites – I’m sure it will soon be a family favorite in my house! I’ve tried several of your dishes and found them all to be keepers!

Roger Dutschke February 17, 2021 - 4:42 pm

I recall the wonderful pear pastries in France & have today picked up pears to do this crumble. Merci.

Elize Buchanan February 17, 2021 - 4:43 pm

Fruit crumbles are always lovely, I think it’s because we use fresh fruit! Our favourites are: Chocolate self-saucing pudding, Apple Cake pudding, sort of sponge with sliced cooked apples which submerge halfway into the cake mixture and a sweet cream sauce over after baking; and a pudding similar to the Malva Pudding but more delicious. Sauce puddings are tops in our house, I want to try a Ginger Sauce pudding soon! A privilege to eat well. Food made with love is always a winner 🙂

Debbie February 17, 2021 - 5:39 pm

Sharon, When I make a crumble (or crisp as it is sometimes called) my mom never & so I don’t cook the fruit before assembling and cooking. The fruit is always cooked sufficiently. Wondering what the difference is and if you know why the two different approaches.

Celine Chollet February 17, 2021 - 8:22 pm

Chère Sharon,
Toujours de belles recettes et présentations ! Pour nous c’est pas de gâteaux du tout depuis bientôt 5 semaines, régime, régime… Quelques kg à perdre, ce n’est pas facile ! Enfin sinon mon gâteau préféré est celui au chocolat, en fait une recette de brownies ! Venant d’un livre américain.
Bons baisers.

Glenys February 18, 2021 - 9:43 am

I often add rolled oats with mixed spice in the flour mixture to give that extra crumbliness.

Margo February 19, 2021 - 2:52 pm

While I love to bake and plan to make this recipe, my family will tell you that what they enjoy most is my meatballs and gravy. The very first time my mother let me mix the meatballs, my family kept on and on about them not knowing I had made them. I felt bad for my mom at the time but ever since for some reason people will rave about them and really, I think they are the reason my husband married me!

Roxanne Langley February 19, 2021 - 4:28 pm

It looks as though the pears are D’Anjou, is that correct as I’ve never baked with pears before? Also, which variety of apples do you recommend?

Lisa Smith February 21, 2021 - 5:47 pm

Greetings from California, Sharon! My cheesecakes are my claim to fame. My plain cheesecake with fresh fruit are always a hit, yet my Macadamia-Mocha, Black Forest, Grand Marnier, and even some of my savory cheesecakes keep me on the ” mommy dearest” list !

Martha Abernethy February 25, 2021 - 3:54 pm

Would you give actual proportions? I’m not good at winging it. thanks

angela angie March 10, 2021 - 9:32 am

Wonderful post
really nice
i enjoyed this
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Rakhinationwide March 19, 2021 - 9:05 am

Totally enjoyable one!! Thanks a lot!

Konya October 23, 2021 - 2:16 am

Looks simple and delicious! Great post!


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