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Pear Crumble with Walnuts

Pear Crumble with Walnuts – a delicious twist on an apple crumble using another favourite fall fruit and toasty walnut flavour too.

Pear Crumble with Walnuts

Pear Crumble with Walnuts

It’s getting toward mid September and let’s face it, the summer days are waning and fall is just around the corner. Time to start thinking of old fashioned, cooler weather comfort food desserts.

This Pear Crumble is a perfect seasonal choice as the fall fruit comes into season. I’ve lifted the flavour up considerably in this one, with the addition of tasty, toasty walnuts, which give some extra crunch as well.

This is a twist, of course, on my ever popular Apple Crumble. There are certain things that I insist on when preparing a perfect crumple. You can read all about my Top Tips for Perfect Crumble here.

Pear Crumble with Walnuts

Pear Crumble with Walnuts

The instructions in this recipe call for it to be made in an 8×8 pan. The truth is though, that I am usually making crumbles like this to feed a large crowd at a family dinner.

On those occasions I double the recipe and bake it in a large 9×13 baking dish. Conversely, if you need just a few servings you could easily make half the recipe in a glass loaf pan.

Glass is my preferred baking dish material here; metal pans can sometimes react with acidic fruits and give a slightly off flavour to the crumble.

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As with every fruit crumble, it just cries out for a scoop of good ice cream to go with it. This particular one was taken along to dinner at a friend’s house where it was enjoyed by many with a scoop of delicious vanilla bean ice cream.

It’s one of those desserts that’s indispensable when it comes to beating the Fall doldrums.

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Pear Crumble with Walnuts

Pear Crumble with Walnuts

Don’t forget to read our top tips for Perfect Apple Crumble. They should be quite helpful here too!

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Pear Crumble with Walnuts
Pear Crumble with Walnuts
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Pear Crumble with Walnuts - a delicious twist on an apple crumble using another favourite fall fruit and toasty walnut flavour too.
Course: Desssert
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: crumble, pears
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 466 kcal
Author: Barry C. Parsons
For the fruit layer
  • 8 small to medium sized pears
  • cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
For the crumble layer
  • 1 cup all purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup large rolled oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup cold butter cut in small cubes
To prepare the pear layer
  1. Peel, core and cut the pears into thick wedges.
  2. Mix together the sugar, corn starch, cinnamon and nutmeg until well combined then toss together with the pears.
  3. Stir together the melted butter and vanilla extract. Pour over the pears and once again, toss together well.
  4. Transfer the prepared pears to an ungreased 8x8 glass baking dish or one of similar size. I sometimes use a deep dish pie pan. (If doubling the recipe I use a 9x13 baking pan.)
To prepare the oatmeal crumble top
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, brown sugar, walnuts and rolled oats. Rub this together with your hands to break up any lumps in the brown sugar.

  3. Add the cubes of cold butter and start pinching them together with your fingertips and incorporating them into the dry ingredients until the mixture forms a a ball like cookie dough.
  4. Press small handfuls of the dough into balls, then 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 pear layer. Do not press them down at all. They will settle naturally as the crumble bakes. This is key to getting a crispy crumble.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes. The pear layer should be bubbling and the surface of the crumble should be an even medium golden brown. If you are using a shallower, slightly larger baking pan like a 9x9, watch it closely, the crumble may be done in 5 or 10 minutes less time.
Recipe Notes

To read all my TOP TIPS for making the perfect fruit crumble be sure to check out my original Apple Crumble recipe.


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Betty Gehm

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

I really enjoyed making this recipe I doubled it so we could have plenty of left overs. I was humming along until I got to the but the butter into little pieces and pinch to mix with the dry ingredients. I must admit this was not my favorite part. However, the work was well worth the result. The house smelled amazing. I probably could have sold my house for a million bucks to day if it were for sale!!! that is how scrumptious it smelled for that very long.... 45 minutes.

Margaret Griffiths

Monday 25th of September 2017

Barry my question is the same as Maria's. I want to make one this week to try out for Thanksgiving. I know it will be great.....just a good excuse to make one this week😄😄😄

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

I add them to the mix. Not on top.

Maria Phelan

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

Barry do you add the walnuts at the same time as the flour and butter, etc. or are they just tossed over the top before putting into the oven. . I am going to make this for the family this week-end. Thanks for a lovely dessert recipe. Maria

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