Quick & Delicious Individual Crumbles with Berries, Apples and Pears

Apple, Dessert, Special Occasion, Vegetarian

berry apple crumble

The crumble is one of my favorite desserts – yet, until today I had never made one myself. We were having friends over for lunch, and mid-prep I realized we didn’t have dessert! The horror!! After a quick browse online, crumbles seemed to be featuring high on quick and tasty desserts, so I decided to give it a go.

Truth be told, what is there not to love?

  • Oozing warm sweet fruity goodness?
  • Rich, crunchy, crumbly topping?
  • Or the way vanilla ice cream melts into every free pocket adding a luxurious creamy coating to the dessert?

In any case, its simplicity won me over, and will definitely be my go-to dessert for company moving forward – it only took 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake with no compromise on taste. Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we did!


Crumble with berries, apple and pear

4 servings


Crumble Topping

  • 90g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 30g ground pistachios (or almonds)
  • 50g cold butter (cut into cubes)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar (demerara ideally)

Fruit Filling

  • 100g summer berries (mixed berries)
  • 1 large pear (peeled & cubed)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (peeled & cubed)
  • 3 tsp cornflour
  • 8 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180˚C (350˚F)
  2. In a bowl- combine the crumble topping ingredients, rubbing the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse sand (try not to over-mix)
  3. In another bowl, gently combine the fruit together with the cornflour, sugar and vanilla extract, until all the fruit is evenly coated.
  4. Distribute fruit mix evenly between 4 individual ramekins,* try to even out surface (without smashing fruit). Spoon crumble topping mix over the fruit**. Bake for 20-23 mins – or until the mix turns a beautiful golden colour.

*You can also prepare them and freeze them, and they are ready to be baked whenever you need them (or when the craving strikes) to enjoy them fresh and steaming hot!

**You may have some topping leftover depending on the size of your ramekins. If so, put the rest in the freezer for future use

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