Recipe: Easy Apple and Pear Crumble

A delicious (and slightly nutritious) dessert is only a few ingredients away thanks to this easy apple and pear crumble recipe. Light, fresh and delicious, a perfectly baked crumble will satisfy any sweet tooth while also providing a tangy treat.

This is a favourite in our household and one that always pairs well with ice cream, cream or custard. It’s also a great choice for the cooler weather – a warm bowl of crumble on a cold night hits the spot every time. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re also adding this dessert to the Mother’s Day menu.

Our recipe for apple and pear crumble serves 10 people which means you may have plenty leftover. Or, if you want a crumble that’s slightly smaller, just halve the recipe. I think it’s also important we mention that this recipe contains EIGHT servings of fruit. So technically if you happen to have a leftover bowl for your breakfast, it’s okay. It’s healthy. It’s got fruit in it. And oats.

Easy apple and pear crumble recipe 

  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 45 minutes
  • Serves: 10


While there are a few different ingredients and parts to put this apple and pear crumble together, it’s deceptively simple to do. The hardest part about it is deciding whether to serve it with cream, custard or ice cream.

Here’s how to make it:

Fruit layer:

  • 4 large apples, diced
  • 4 large pears, diced
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tbs McKenzie’s Corn Flour
  • 1 tsp McKenzie’s Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp McKenzie’s Ground Nutmeg
  • 3 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Crumble Layer:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp McKenzie’s Baking Powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp McKenzie’s Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup McKenzie’s Fine Desiccated Coconut
  • 80g McKenzie’s Californian Walnuts
  • 170g cold butter, cut in small cubes


  1. Peel, core and cut the apples and pears into 2cm chunks. 
  2. Mix together the sugar, corn flour, cinnamon and nutmeg until well combined. Mix in the apples and pears. Stir together the melted butter and vanilla extract and pour this over the combined apples and pears, toss together well.
  3. Transfer the prepared apples and pears into an ungreased 9×13 inch baking dish and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 180°C. In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, rolled oats, coconut and roughly chopped walnuts. Ensure that any lumps in the brown sugar are broken up.
  5. Add the cubes of cold butter and with your fingertips pinch together the dry mixture with the butter until a loose dough is formed.
  6. Press small handfuls of the dough into balls. Break off small pieces of the dough, about the size of the top of your thumb, and scatter them evenly all over the surface of the prepared fruit layer. Do not press them down at all. This is key to getting a crispy crumble.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes. The fruit layer should be bubbling, and the surface of the crumble should be an even golden brown colour. Serve warm or cold with cream, custard or your favourite ice-cream. 
easy apple and pear crumble
An easy apple and pear crumble the whole family will devour. Source: McKenzies

Even more crumbly goodness

If you love a good crumble, we’ve got a few more crumble recipes to add to your to-bake list including an apple crumble mug, a strawberry and rhubarb crumble, and a heavenly berry crumble. Check them all out here –> 10 Winter Warming and Delicious Fruit Crumble Desserts. 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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