Apple Pear Crumble is my go-to holiday no-brainer dessert.


I tend to put all of my time and efforts into the main and side dishes, so I usually take the easy route when it comes to the dessert. So for years I’d make this crumble on Christmas Eve; diced honeycrisp apples and bosc pears are tossed with brown sugar, both lemon and orange zest and juice and also with spices like cinnamon, ginger and freshly grated nutmeg. And this isn’t a crumble with out an amazingly buttery-crisp crumble topping. I like to sneak nuts into my crumble because it adds more texture and of course, a delicious nutty flavor. Today I used almonds –because I had them on hand– but walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts are always a scrumptious option.

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This crumble can be served piping hot, just out of the oven or warm and at room temperature. But always served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


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I quickly peel and dice up 3 of each honeycrisp apples and anjou pears. The pears are ripe yet still quite firm.

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Then to the apples and pears, add 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of both ground ginger and freshly grated nutmeg. Next use a microplane [affiliate] and grate in 3/4 teaspoon of both lemon and orange zest. Then squeeze in  a tablespoon of juice from each (I eyeball the juice quantity).

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Next just toss it all together…

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…and then pour it into a lightly greased baking dish.

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In a small bowl combine 3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, a 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pour in 6 tablespoons of melted butter. Stir together until the butter is worked in to the dry ingredients.

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Lastly, just use your fingers to form small crumbles and scatter them across the top of the apple pear crisp.

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Bake at 400° on the middle rack for 30-35 minutes. That’s it!

Scoop and serve with ice cream.


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Easy Apple Pear Crumble
Yield: about 8 servings (depending)

Easy Apple Pear Crumble

This apple pear crumble is simple and can be whipped up effortlessly and is ready in under an hour! Serve warm with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 3 medium honeycrisp apples
  • 3 medium anjou pears (ripe yet still firm to the touch)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice


  • 3/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • vanilla ice cream, for serving


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and lightly butter a 9x13 baking dish.

In a large bowl combine; apples, pears, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, lemon and orange zest and juice. Toss to combine and spread out evenly into the prepared pan.

In a small bowl combine the crumble ingredients. Pinch pieces between your fingers and scatter over top of the apple and pear mixture.

Place on the middle rack of your preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the crumble is golden and the apples and pears are bubbling.

Serve warm with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

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