Rhubarb & Pear Crumble Recipe

Rhubarb and Pear Crumble is one of our favourite dishes to make. The tartness of the rhubarb is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the pear, and we like to include oats in our crumble, just to make it a little more Scottish of course!

Rhubarb and Pear Crumble Recipe - Two bowls of crumble next to a tea towel, spoons, pear and rhubarb

Rhubarb originates from China, but it has been grown in Scotland since at least 1774, when it was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens, well before it was harvested in England, as far as we know.

It is generally harvested through the spring and summer but can easily be frozen to enjoy at other times of the year. Especially if you want a lovely warming crumble in the winter!

This crumble is all made in one dish and doesn’t require any pre-cooking of the fruit. It’s super simple!

We serve our Rhubarb and Pear Crumble recipe with custard, sometimes with a bit of whisky stirred in for good measure!

So go ahead and save this one for when you want a tasty, hearty dessert…

Things you’ll need to make Rhubarb and Pear Crumble

  • Baking Dish
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients for Rhubarb and Pear Crumble

Servings: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 45-55 minutes

  • 300g/10.5oz fresh rhubarb (chopped)
  • 300g/10.5oz fresh pears (peeled and chopped)
  • 140g caster sugar (2/3 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 200g plain flour (1 ½ cups)
  • 130g unsalted butter (cold, cut into small cubes) (1/2 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 60g rolled oats (3/4 cup)
Rhubarb and Pear Crumble Ingredients

Rhubarb

When cooked Rhubarb generally loses its lovely red colour and can turn a bit green. Don’t worry this is normal!

Pears

The pears should be ripe, not firm. You should be able to push in gently near the stem and feel a little give.

You could substitute the pear to make a Rhubarb and Apple crumble if you like, but we love the softness and sweetness of the pear.

Sugar

We use caster sugar but if you want a more caramelised flavour you could try brown sugar.

Rhubarb and Pear Crumble Recipe -showing the crumble cooked on a serving spoon

How to make Rhubarb and Pear Crumble – Step by Step Method

Preheat the oven to 190C.

Add the chopped rhubarb and pears to a baking dish and sprinkle over 40g (3 tablespoons) of the caster sugar.

Rhubarb and Pear Crumble _ Pear and Rhubarb covered in sugar

Add the flour and cubed butter to a mixing bowl.

Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the oats and remaining sugar and stir well to combine.

Sprinkle the crumble topping all over the fruit in an even layer.

Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown on top.

Serve warm with custard.

Rhubarb and Pear Crumble covered in custard
Yield: 6 Servings

Rhubarb & Pear Crumble Recipe

Rhubarb and Pear Crumble

Rhubarb and Pear Crumble is one of our favourite dishes to make. The tartness of the rhubarb is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the pear, and we like to include oats in our crumble, just to make it a little more Scottish of course!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 300g/10.5oz fresh rhubarb (chopped)
  • 300g/10.5oz fresh pears (peeled and chopped)
  • 140g caster sugar (2/3 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 200g plain flour (1 ½ cups)
  • 130g unsalted butter (cold, cut into small cubes) (1/2 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 60g rolled oats (3/4 cup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C.
  2. Add the chopped rhubarb and pears to a baking dish and sprinkle over 40g (3 tablespoons) of the caster sugar.
  3. Add the flour and cubed butter to a mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the oats and remaining sugar and stir well to combine.
  5. Sprinkle the crumble topping all over the fruit in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown on top.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 444Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 4gSugar: 29gProtein: 6g

These values are estimates only

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