Pear Crumble with Lemon and Nutmeg

Pear Crumble with Lemon and NutmegPears are often an overlooked fruit. Preceded by the prized peach, and competing with what might be the most popular fruit, the apple, pears tend to get little recognition. They can stunningly sweet when ripe, and are lovely in desserts, compotes, or chutneys, They can lend a subtle, sweet note to otherwise savory dishes as well.

Not only do I absolutely love pears, they inevitably bring me back to my childhood. My mom canned pears in abundance when I was young, and I remember regularly eating pears atop my granola; if my mom wasn’t looking, I would eat them straight out of the jar. This recipe for Pear Crumble is the dessert version of that delicious memory.


For the fruit:

Eight ripe Bartlett pears, diced (peeled is optional)

Juice and zest of one lemon

2 tablespoons (30 ml) organic cane sugar

2 tablespoons (30 ml) GF certified oat flour

1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) fresh ground nutmeg


For the crumble:

1 1/2 cups (275 ml) GF certified quick oats

1/2 cup (125 ml) GF certified oat flour

1/2 cup (125 ml) organic cane sugar

1/2 cup (125 ml) slivered almonds, optional

1/2 cup (125 ml) butter, melted

1/4 cup (60 ml) ground flax seeds

1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) fresh ground nutmeg



Preheat the oven to 350F (180 C)

In a 9×9 inch glass baking dish, combine the ingredients for the fruit mixture.

In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter with all of the other ingredients for the crumble. Stir until well to combine.

Sprinkle crumble mixture over fruit mixture, and bake for one hour.

Cool slightly, and serve with vanilla ice cream.

Makes eight servings.

4 thoughts on “Pear Crumble with Lemon and Nutmeg

  1. This looks really great. I hope to try this one soon. Wondering- is there something I can use instead of the lemon as my little one can’t have lemon either…Thanks!! 🙂 ~Amanda

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