Easy Pear Crumble

A serving of pear crumble in a bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Juicy baked pears, brown sugar, and warm spices come together to make the most delicious fall dessert in this easy recipe. A crisp, buttery oat topping adds the perfect sweet finish!

  • Author: Alexandra
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: one 9" crumble 1x
  • Category: crisps and crumbles
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American



Spiced Pear Filling

  • 6 cups (893 grams) peeled and chopped pears (D'Anjou, Bartlett, or Bosc pears work well)
  • 1/2 cup, packed (106 grams) brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Crumble Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups (138 grams) old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (47 grams) oat flour
  • 3/4 cup, packed (159 grams) brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 10 tablespoons (5 ounces) salted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and butter the bottom and sides of a 9" pie dish.

Spiced Pear Filling

  1. In a medium bowl, toss the pears with brown sugar, flour, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to evenly coat. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.

Crumble Topping

  1. In the same bowl used for the pears, whisk together the oats, all-purpose flour, oat flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the melted butter and mix in until it evenly coats the dry ingredients; the mixture should be damp and crumbly.
  2. Transfer the topping to the pie dish, ensuring the pears are covered entirely. There will be a lot of topping; use it all!
  3. Bake crumble in preheated oven for about 50 minutes, until the top is golden-brown and the filling is bubbling. Serve warm, ideally with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


Ingredient Notes and Substitutions:

  • This recipe can also be made with apples as a 1:1 substitute for the pears.
  • Use gluten-free all-purpose flour and certified gluten-free oats for a gluten-free pear crumble.
  • Homemade oat flour can be used, or substitute with 3/8 cup all-purpose/whole wheat flour if preferred.
  • If using unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the crumble topping.

Storing, Reheating, and Freezing:

  • Once the crumble has cooled to room temperature, cover the pie dish with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator to store. It should keep well for up to 5 days.
  • Individual servings of this crumble can be reheated in the microwave for 60-90 seconds, or until warm.
  • To freeze, transfer the crumble to an airtight, freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Make Ahead:

  • Both the filling and topping for this crumble can be prepped several hours in advance if preferred. Store in separate, airtight containers in the fridge and assemble the crumble just before baking.