Apple, pear & walnut crumble

Apple, pear & walnut crumble

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins - 35 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins


Serves 4 - 6
Gary Rhodes's traditional fruit and nut pudding can be oven baked in an hour for a warming family treat

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal686
  • fat36g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs86g
  • sugars30g
  • fibre10g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.36g
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  • 500g apple, peeled, cored and cut into large chunks



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • finely grated zest 1 lemon, juice of ½



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • sprig rosemary (optional)



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 2 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 500g pear, peeled, cored and cut into large chunks



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • custard or cream, to serve



    Fresh unpasteurised milk quickly separates and the fat rises to the top. This fat layer is then…

For the crumble topping

  • 100g pack walnut



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 175g granary or wholemeal flour (or plain white)
  • 85g butter, diced



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 85g caster or light muscovado sugar


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Put the chopped apples, lemon zest, rosemary, if using, and sugar in a saucepan. Add the lemon juice and cook for 3-4 mins. Tip in the pears and cook 2-3 mins more, until the fruits are just beginning to soften. Spoon the fruits and juices into a 1.7 litre pudding dish and flatten slightly.

  2. For the crumble, finely chop half the walnuts in a food processor until reduced to the consistency of ground almonds. Add the flour, butter and sugar and continue to blitz to a coarse or fine crumble mix, whichever you prefer.

  3. Roughly break the remaining walnuts with your fingers and stir into the crumble. Scatter the crumble mix on top of the fruits and bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown. Serve warm with cream or custard.

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Comments (39)

maclews's picture

this is a gr8 recipe. The family loves this and I make it whenever I can. Everything goes very well together. delicious. Family fav. I would recommend this.

nikkibeal9's picture

very simple and easy to make and very yummyyyyyyyyyyyy from nikki in cornwall

francesattenborough's picture

I halved the amount of sugar in the crumble topping, but then we don't have very sweet teeth. Very good with lots of custard!

mariamtherese's picture

very good recipe but the picture shows the crumble being a little burnt ?

conker170's picture

Really nice combo (I've never used apples and pears in a crumble before!) and the lemon zest really lifts it. I had some left over stale ginger cake that I blitzed and mixed with the walnuts instead of making the crumbs. I think it might work with some chunks of dark chocolate thrown in as well. Will definately do again!

gallopinggoose's picture

Made this yesterday but used figs instead of apples as I still have a tree full to use up!! It was absolutely fantastic, the walnuts made the crumble taste so much better. I will use the recipe again and again.

janewebb's picture

Oooh forgot to say I added some cinnamon and nutmeg!

janewebb's picture

Made this last night and even got the thumbs up from my Mum - no mean feat!!!
I thought you wouldn't be able to taste the pear but you can. Fresh apples from our apple tree and pears from Mums tree and a great cheap dessert to warm us up after the rain and wind.
Yum! Don't just stick it in your binder - make it!

mandytav's picture

very nice!! i didnt use any pears or hazelnuts though and i did not have any plain flour and used self-raising which worked just as well.

myahbale's picture

Wow, this is divine i really like it :D
I used rhubarb as it was what we had spare,
Definately add the rosemary, it gives it a real kick.


gervais's picture

So easy and very comforting in the cold weather. As i wanted to serve it with the maple and pecan ice cream, another very easy recipe, I substituted the walnuts for pecans and it was delicious and married perfectly with the ice cream. Would do again.

cockeyedkenny's picture

A truly wonderful recipe. Had to make a couple of amendments though. I didn't have any apples or pears, so I cleverly substituted them with melon and parsnips. Out of walnuts so in went crushed Monkey nuts - yummy. Had a tangerine left over from Christmas celebrations which adequately took the place of lemon zest. Due to these alterations this could've been a potential disaster from beginning to end, but the family loved it (even Grandma, who enjoyed a specially liquidised version).

alinadailidenaite's picture

Just great! So easy to make and so delicious! I used chopped almonds instead of walnuts and it was as good. Also, if you do not have pears, use apples instead, i tried both with pears and without.
Really good!

kavarna's picture

what a great recipe. I live in Bulgaria and have apple, pear and walnut trees in my garden so imagine how fresh this dish was. Thankyou

stevemac's picture

absolutely scrumptious! My variation was to swap out the walnuts and use dried cranberries - the family loved it.

stefania's picture

delicious. will try it with hazelnuts next time

hcha6434's picture

Very good and easy. Added hazelnuts to the ingredients which gave especially the crumble topping a very nice flavour. Next time I'd like to try it without the pears though.

angelcordy's picture

Very tasty crumble,I didn't have any pears so I used blackberries instead.Will definitely make again.


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