Pear Crumble is a flavor explosion where juicy pears meet spicy goodness, all under a blanket of crispy, golden crumble. This is the ultimate Pear Crumble – it’s not just dessert, it’s a flavor party you won’t want to miss! Let’s get cozy with some baking fun!
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Why We Love Pear Crumble
- Quick and easy dessert.
With only a few ingredients, this recipe can be whipped up and ready to serve in under one hour. It’s a great weeknight dessert option.
- Kids love it.
Kids with a sweet tooth will be easily appeased with this dessert made from ripe fruit. Perfect for both kids and parents!
- Have extra pears? Try this recipe!
Once pears are ready, they ripen fast! This is the perfect option for using the extras even if they are a little too ripe.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Flour: All-purpose flour makes the crumble for this recipe. You can substitute gluten-free flour at a 1:1 ratio if you prefer.
- Brown sugar: A little brown sugar adds sweetness to the dish. Taste the pears first before adding the sugar. If they are very sweet you can reduce this by half.
- Cinnamon: A dash of cinnamon is warm and inviting. You can use another spice like cloves, nutmeg, or allspice (or a combination) in addition if you’d like.
- Butter: Unsalted butter is best for this recipe.
- Pears: Ripe pears are best since they are the sweetest. You can even use slightly over-ripe pears as well.
Pear Crumble Recipe Tips
- Cut in cold butter.
Be sure to use cold butter when combining it with the dry ingredients. Cut it into small chunks immediately after removing it from the refrigerator and work it into the mixture. You can use two forks, a food processor, or a pastry blender for this process.
- Layer the pears evenly in the pan.
Start by slicing the pears into equal pieces and laying them evenly along the bottom of the pan. This ensures they cook at the same rate and each bite is perfectly delicious.
- Bake until the top is golden brown and bubbly.
After spreading the crumble mixture over the top using a spoon and smoothing it out, place the dish in the oven.
Pears don’t take long to bake since they’re already soft when you put them in the pan. All you need to do is bake the crumble on top and warm the pears on the bottom.
Pear Crumble FAQs
This can happen when the dish is cooked too long since pears are already soft when they go into the oven.
You can use any type of pear you like, but Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, or Comice are best for their flavors and textures.
Use your thumb to apply gentle pressure to the neck or stem end. If it yields to pressure, then it’s ripe and ready to eat.
Storing and Reheating
Store leftover crumble in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
You can even freeze it to save for later in a glass or plastic container for up to three months.
Thaw frozen pear crumble in the refrigerator overnight and then heat in the microwave or oven until warmed all the way through.
Tip: Ripe pears can be refrigerated to slow the ripening process for up to five days.
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons butter softened
- 3 to 4 large (5 cups) pears peeled and thinly sliced (about 1/4”)
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- In a medium bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Use a pastry blender or a fork to cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Layer pear slices evenly in the bottom of the baking pan. Spoon the crumb mixture over the top.
- Bake at 375ºF for 30-35 minutes, until pears are tender and the top is golden brown in color. Serve warm with a drizzle of cream or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.