Apple, Plum and Pear Crumble

I don’t think I have ever met anyone who doesn’t love a crumble, and if I had I would probably report then to be sectioned! Crumble is one of life’s great comforts and is probably the most popular dessert on any menu, well perhaps a toss-up with sticky toffee pudding (I’m a sucker for caramel)! A good crumble is also a sign that autumn is officially here. So bring on the cosy dark nights by the fire, fighting your way through piles of crispy golden leaves and the evidence of your breath on the morning air; because if this means its crumble season then I have forgotten about summer already!


For the crumble

–          100g plain flour

–          4 tbsp rolled oats or granola

–          2 tbsp brown sugar

–          Good pinch of cinnamon

–          50g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

For the filling

–          2 large apples – cored but not peeled and cut into chunks

–          4 plums – destined and cut into chunks

–          1 pear – cut into chunks

–          6 tbsp caster sugar

–          1 good pinch of ground cinnamon

–          Juice of ½ lemon

–          1 tsp vanilla essence

–          Nob of butter


Oven to 180’c

Heat a small nob of butter in a pan with the caster sugar until it caramelises

Add the remaining filling ingredients and simmer for 3-5 minutes

Pour into an oven proof dish and set aside

To make the topping, place the flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon in a bowl together and rub with your fingertips until it has formed breadcrumbs

Add the granola and stir until well combined

Scatter the crumble mixture over the fruit and bake in the oven for 30 minute until the top is golden.

Serve hot with custard, cream or ice cream.


12 thoughts on “Apple, Plum and Pear Crumble

  1. I make a date toffee pudding almost every year that the family loves. This is a great alternative that I will definitely try and let you know how it turns out 🙂

  2. Aaaaah crumble! Definitely THE premier dessert choice. I agree with healthygirlandthecity! This is a brilliant combination of three autumn fruits. I made wild blackberry and apple crumble recently. Waiting for some last pears to ripen on a friend’s tree to try this. Have you tried strawberry and rhubarb btw? Great summer crumble combo.

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