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The Humble Crumble

Updated: May 10, 2019



• 1kg pears, peeled and diced into 2cm pieces (or apples, or rhubarb or honestly whatever fruit you are vibing/have way too much of/is on its way out)

• 1/3 cup caster sugar

• 1 cup water

Crumble topping

• 1 cup plain flour

• 125g butter, cut into cubes

• ½ cup rolled oats

• ½ cup desiccated coconut

• ¼ cup brown sugar

• 1/2 tsp salt


1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.

2. Place all ingredients for the filling into a large saucepan on high heat. Bring mixture to the boil then reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 7-8 minutes or until pears are tender when pricked with a fork.

3. Remove any remaining liquid and pour pears into an oven proof baking dish. Set aside. 

4. To prepare the crumble topping, flour into a large mixing bowl.

5. Add butter and use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then add remaining ingredients and mix to combine. Alternatively if you're really lazy like me, just chuck everything into a food processor and pulse a few times for the same result. This will mean that you'll need to wash and dry all the different parts of your food processor which is a massive drainer, so pick your poison.

6. Sprinkle crumble over pears and bake in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or until topping is golden and delicious looking. I highly recommend serving this with vanilla ice cream or just a good old dollop of cream. 

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