Desserts/ Recipe

Fall Fruit Crumble

Sometimes, I just wanna crumble.


 I’m serious. This week has been so intense. Between speaking at this past weekends’ upcoming Food Blogger Online Summit, attending the Cook for the Cure (read: hanging out with Chuck Hughes) gastro-post event, providing media coverage for the Brewer’s Backyard Torontoberfest, Cask Days, The Delicious Food Show, Oktoberfeast, the Chompionship, Whiskey Live, and the Taste Canada Food Writing Awards, and finding time to organize my own business on top of it all, I’m a little bit exhausted.
I know, right? It’s a hard life, being me… Eating, drinking and hobnobbing…
But for reals. This isn’t ordinarily my routine. Usually my schedule consists of hiding in the basement behind my computer screen for 10 to 12 hours a day, cooking up a new dish here and there, and hoping to make enough money doing blog design and social media that I can pay my electricity bills. I rarely get out of my PJs. I go to bed by 9:30PM. I’m up at dawn. I essentially live the life of a 90 year old.
And I like it.
Not to complain, of course, but day after day of showering, socializing and networking with strangers, rubbing against hot celebrity chefs and having to be on my very best behavior from sun up to way beyond sun down is making me feel a little like last month’s leftovers that are still hiding somewhere in the back of the fridge. 
It’s been busy. It’s been exhausting. It’s been bloody phenomenal. It’s been exactly everything I want.
And now? Now I’m ready to crumble…. Fall fruit crumble, that is.  
Along with festivals and events and the lessening hours of sun, apples and pears are around right now and I’m getting my fill before they’re gone for another year. And you should too.
This dish is classic, simple, elegant and most importantly, loaded with soft, incredible warm Autumn fruit and finished off with cool vanilla ice cream and a crunchy, oat & almond topping. It’s something you can make ahead of time for your upcoming holiday dinners and really *WOW* your guests with the complexity of flavors, textures and colors.I couldn’t ask for a better dessert than this… Except for maybe him. Put the two together and you’ve got yourself one happy lady.

Fall Fruit Crumble



Yield 4 servings


Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 2 Local Apples, cored and diced.
  • 2 Local Pears, cored and diced.
  • 3 Tbsp White All-Purpose Flour.
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar.
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon.
  • Pinch of Nutmeg.
  • The Juice of 1 Lemon.

Ingredients for the Topping:

  • 3/4 C White All-Purpose Flour.
  • 1/3 C Ground Almonds.
  • 1/2 C Large Oats.
  • 1/3 C Brown Sugar.
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon.
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Nutmeg.
  • 1/3 C Butter, room temperature.


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees and lightly grease either 1 medium sized baking dish or 4 individual ones. In one bowl, mix together all your filling ingredients. In another, combine all the topping ingredients - finishing with the butter. Mix well with a fork (or your fingers) until the combined mixture is crumbly and the butter has been worked through very well.Pour your filling into the prepared dish(es) - get lots in there! You want lots of fruit! And then top with the filling mixture.
  2. Place baking dish(es) on a tinfoil lined baking sheet to catch the drips and bake in the oven about 1 hour, 15 minutes or until tops are crisp and golden.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Serve warm with ice cream (and Chuck Hughes, if possible).
  4. Eat.


  • Kirsten
    November 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I got yer local pears right here! My local fruit tree karma was not destroyed by the dubious fig pilfering I engaged in during September and October, because this week I happened to be walking my dogs past the yard of the heavily laden pear tree I’ve been enviously eyeing at the precise moment that the owner of that tree, and his dog, were outside just back from their own walk. Over the ensuing 4 dog commotion I asked the guy if he had any pears to spare, and he packed up a bagful (is that a word?) and set them on the driveway for me to pick up when my hands were free.
    I met and thanked his lovely wife and their adorable preschooler with a fresh loaf of sourdough the next day.

    So it’s game on, and I’ll make this.
    I hope you can go back to your days of no showers and jammies, for at least a week.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    November 10, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    I need to get me some pears. Oh and apples too since I just finished our last batch. Simply so I can make this. It looks divine.

  • Jackie @Auburn Meadow Farm
    November 10, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Nice! Glad to see things clipping along so nicely for you Kristy 🙂 You two look awfully cute together… and your crumble looks delicious. Wish I had some for breakfast right now.

  • Dina
    November 17, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    it looks delish!

  • Teresa,
    November 23, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Kristy I have some apples & pears on my kitchen counter right now and I think they will soon become your crumble recipe. Perfect for our Thanksgiving week here in the USA. Thanks for such an good simple delicious recipe.

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