Super Simple Apple & Pear Crumble Recipe

If there’s anything that can cause an unending debate, it’s asking “what makes the perfect crumble”!

After asking this question both in person and online, I’m amazed at all the different preferences everyone has. From how much the fruit to crumble ratio should be, to whether or not to include oats or spices. There was even discussion around precooking the fruit on the stove and if it’s ever ok to use canned fruit (the general consensus was no!).


For me, apple crumble is something I absolutely adore throughout every season of the year but especially on autumn and winter nights. It literally feels like a hug in a bowl to me even if I struggle to decide whether to have it with ice cream or custard (sometimes I do both – no judgement please!).

The addition of cinnamon for me makes it just right and I’m also team “oats”, which apparently makes it a crisp and not a crumble…who knew? I’ve heard of people adding ground mace and nutmeg, so I know down the line that’s something I have to try just to see how it tastes!

I also prefer a crumble that isn’t incredibly sweet so I usually half the amount of sugar requested in a recipe but the great thing about crumble is that you can tweak it based on your preference.

A great addition I discovered has been adding pears because when cooked, especially roasted, pears are just THE BEST THING! It takes the crumble to a whole other level because of its milder taste which balances out the sweetness from the apples. Don’t knock it till you try it because it’s seriously good!

If you haven’t tried it yet, then here’s your chance!

Super SImple Apple & Pear Crumble

Try this incredibly simple recipe for the perfect apple & pear crumble! Feel free to tweak some parts to make it just right for you – the real question is, ice cream or custard?

  • 8 large Apples (peeled & then chopped or sliced)
  • 6 Conference Pears (peeled & then chopped or sliced)
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1.5 cups Plain Flour
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 cups Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1/2 cup Butter (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon ((for flour mixture))
  • 1 tablespoon CInnamon ((for apples))
  • 1/2 cup Water
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 (farenheit) or 180 (celsius). 

    Grease a roasting dish (ideally 9×12) with butter and set aside.

  2. Mix the apples, pears, water, white sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon in a bowl and combine.

  3. In another bowl, combine the plain flour, oats, bicarbonate soda, baking powder, brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and mix (ideally with your hands) until it becomes like a crumble.

  4. Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients and mix together with your hands (almost like you’re massaging the ingredients).

  5. Place the apple & pear mixture in the roasting tin, then top with the crumble ensuring you cover all of the fruit mixture completely.

  6. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 35 – 45 minutes until done.

  7. Serve with ice-cream or custard and enjoy!

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