Pear & blackberry crumbles

Pear & blackberry crumbles

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4

Use pear instead of apple in these individual versions of the classic pud with a crunchy pistachio topping

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal768
  • fat33g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs115g
  • sugars76g
  • fibre0g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.05g
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  • 700g (or 4 large) ripe English pear, peeled and cubed



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

  • 100g golden granulated sugar
  • 250g blackberry



    A purply black-coloured berry comprising many individual seed-containing fruits surrounding a…

  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 85g shelled pistachio, roughly chopped
  • 100g demerara sugar
  • ice cream, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Place the pears in a medium-size pan, add the granulated sugar and cook on a medium heat until the fruit starts to soften and releases its juices, about 10 mins. Add the blackberries and bring back to the boil, then remove from the heat. Spoon the fruity mixture into 4 individual ovenproof ramekins, or 1 large baking dish.

  2. Place the flour, butter and a pinch of salt in a large bowl and rub together with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the pistachios and demerara sugar, then stir to combine.

  3. Sprinkle crumble evenly over the cooked fruit. This can be done up to 1 day ahead, or frozen for up to 1 month. Bake for 20-25 mins if small, 40 mins if large, until golden. If baking from frozen, add 15 mins cooking time. Remove from the oven, cool slightly, then serve with ice cream, if you like.

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6th Aug, 2010
I found the filling a little too sweet, maybe next time I'd use less sugar. Millie- if you leave out the pistachios you'll probs save around 100 calories per serving.
23rd May, 2010
Hi Millie it`s good nutrition aswel as high in calories if you & let`s be honest you could try using low fat items instead of full fat all you have to do is try instead making silly remarks YOU DON`T HAVE TO AMKE IT OR EAT????????
21st May, 2010
delicious!! i have made this several times now & have substitutued some jumbo oat flakes in with the crumble topping as well as decreasing the sugar slightly. gorg no matter how i have tinkered with the recipe!
17th Dec, 2009
So quick and easy - and very impressive when served as individual crumbles. Not sure I'd bother with the pistachios again, a bit fiddly to shell that many!
15th Nov, 2009
Lovely. Will definitely make again.
19th Oct, 2009
I made this last night and it was absolutely delicious. Ever so easy to make and very tastey. It was the perfect comfort food on a cold night. I made it for two, in individual pots (halving the recipe quantities). They looked lovely. They did bubble over in the oven though, so I'll make sure I have something underneath the pots to save me from having to do lots of cleaning next time. The portions were too big for us, so I'll make smaller ones next time. Perhaps this will help cut down the calories and fat content as per Millie's comment! Agreed, they are astonishingly high in calories.
15th Oct, 2009
I made a large one of these yesterday and it was fab, locally picked blackberries and fresh pears - A real winner
26th Sep, 2009
I had a bit of a disaster with the topping, it seemed to soak up all the juice and turn into mush. I’ve not given it a star rating as I’m pretty sure it’s my ovens fault, it’s very old and I sometimes struggle with the temperatures. Will try again at some point as fruit and bits of topping I managed to rescue were lovely.
24th Sep, 2009
I trhought this was yummy. And enjoy every mouth full.......I put 5bls on this week at Weight Watcher.....But was worth it.....So next two have to eat saled and jog more.....Still love the pud
Frantic Flapjack
21st Sep, 2009
This was good but the crumble topping was too sweet which took away the lovely natural flavour of the fruit.


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