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Pear Crumble with Walnuts

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.
Course Desssert
Cuisine North American
Keyword crumble, pears
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 466 kcal


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.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Facts
Pear Crumble with Walnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 466 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 175mg8%
Potassium 336mg10%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 630IU13%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.