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apple pear crumble

This is just another quick recipe that’s designed just to empower you to be creative and not be locked into specific recipes. We’re all about living simply here, and a quick dessert made from fresh and/or seasonal ingredients is an asset for simpler lifestyles on a lot of levels. Whether you want something warm to eat last minute with your friends or family, or you just have some apples or berries you want to use up before they go bad, it’s nice to have some basic strategies like this for making it work.

Another reason I sometimes like to be vague with the recipes here on the site is because of personal taste and diet preferences. I tend to think a lot of the dessert recipes I find online have a ridiculous amount of butter and sugar, but I’m not always sure how to adjust it without ruining the recipe (read: “I frequently ruin my desserts by taking out all the butter and sugar”). It can be nice to have the ability to mess around with a recipe like this one and only put in it what you need. So here we go.

Apple Pear Crumble Recipe

5-6 (total) apples and/or pears (or berries or peaches or whatever)

regular sugar


crumb topping:

1 cup flour

3/4 cup oats

4-5 tb cold butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

Peel and core the fruit and cut it into slices or chunks (your call).

apple pear crumble

These are pears that look like apples, so only one picture needed!

Layer the bottom of a baking dish with a layer of the fruit, then sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and sugar. It may make more sense to mix the cinnamon and sugar beforehand so you don’t get weird clumps in different spots.

apple pear crumble

Continue layering the fruit and cinnamon/sugar until you run out of fruit.

In a food processor, chop the oats into fairly small flakes. Mix in the flour and sugar. Cut in the butter small pieces at a time, and either by hand or in the food processor integrate it until the whole mixture is mealy/crumbly. This is a very crumbly topping, as you can see in the photo, so feel free to use less flour or more butter if you want the consistency to be moister.

apple pear crumble

Sprinkle evenly over the fruit.

apple pear crumble

Bake at 350°F for 30-40 mins until the fruit is soft and the crumb is browned. Serve with vanilla ice cream or similar.

apple pear crumble

Thoughts? How would you make this, or what fruit would you use? I’m a huge fan of berries, so I hope someone has a good idea for that.

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3 thoughts on “apple pear crumble

  1. Reply AmandaW Feb 25, 2012 9:16 am

    I’m a little obsessed with cherry desserts, which is almost like a berry, right? Maybe cook the cherries first on the stove with sugar, add almond extract to filling when off heat, then add sliced or chopped almonds to your topping. Just an idea :-) Great base for a crumble tho!

    • Reply Todd Feb 25, 2012 11:15 am

      cherries! good choice. I’m a big fan of them as well. I like the almond idea, I don’t know if I’ve had those two together.

  2. Reply Rebecca Feb 25, 2012 3:59 pm

    I’ve got those same plates! That crumble sounds really good, I typically go straight apple, or mixed berry but I’ll have to try this one some time.

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