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Scottish Pear and Ginger Crumble

A traditional Scottish crumble made with pear and flavoured with ginger. Perfect served with vanilla ice cream and custard.

Scottish Pear and Ginger Crumble

Scottish Pear and Ginger Crumble

A good old fashioned Scottish crumble is a glorious thing. Soft juicy fruit topped with a chewy and crisp crumble topping.

The perfect family weekend pudding served with vanilla ice cream or custard.

I do believe some people enjoy it with pouring cream. Whatever floats your boat, I say!

three green pears


The pears are taken to another level with some cinnamon and ginger for warmth that works so well against the sweet, juicy pears.

The pears don't need to be cooked before they are added to this crumble, but I did give them 2 or 3 minutes with the sugar and spices before adding them to the ovenproof dish. 

It's not vital, but it warms up the spices and if the pears are hard, it just gets them started.

They will cook in the oven while the crumble topping crisps up and turns golden.

a pile of porridge oats

Oats in Crumble

A standard British crumble is made with just flour, butter and sugar, but a Scottish crumble also includes oats, which gives it extra texture.

Porridge oats are the best type of oats to use for a crumble. Oatmeal is too fine and jumbo oats are too coarse and won't work as well.

You could leave the oats out, but in my opinion the oats make all the difference.

a bowl of flaked almonds

Flaked Almonds

You don't usually find almonds in a crumble, but the flavour works so well with pears I decided to add a handful to the crumble. 

As well as adding extra flavour the flaked almonds add a bit of crunch.

They work really well in a pear crumble.

For more Scottish recipes have a look at my recipe index of Scottish Recipes for Vegans and Vegetarians

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What did I think of the crumble?

This crumble was amazing!

The first time I made it I was a bit worried that it looked full of juice as it baked, but the juice turned into a beautifully gooey sauce.

I also added brown sugar and almonds to the top of the crumble and this was a great success. The sugar turned to toffee and the almonds added a nice crunch.

I hope you try it soon!

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Scottish Pear and Ginger Crumble

Scottish Pear and Ginger Crumble

A traditional Scottish crumble made with pear and flavoured with ginger. Perfect served with vanilla ice cream and custard.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 30 M


Fruit Base
  • 3 pears, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 2 heaped tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Crumble Topping
  • 100g plain flour
  • 50g porridge oats
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 100g demerara sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • finely grated peel from 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp almonds


How to cook Scottish Pear and Ginger Crumble

  1. Heat the oven to 200c/180c fan/400f//gas 6.
  2. Toss the pears in the lemon juice as you chop them, then heat the pears, sugar and spices in a small pan for 3-4 minutes until the pears begin to soften, then set aside.
  3. For the topping, tip all the dry ingredients in a large bowl with the butter and rub with your fingers until you have a course crumble mixture.
  4. Pour the pears into an ovenproof dish and pile on the crumble mix. Sprinkle with brown sugar and almonds and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the topping is gorgeously golden brown and crunchy.
  5. Serve with cold vanilla ice cream or hot creamy custard
  6. Enjoy!


This crumble can be frozen when made, then baked from frozen.

Leftovers can be kept covered in the fridge for a couple days and reheated in a microwave or an oven (covered with foil).

For a vegan crumble substitute the butter with dairy free spread.
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Here a few other crumble recipes:

Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble - Tinned Tomatoes

Almond, Greengage & Plum Crumble - Little Bird Eats

Pear & Cranberry Crumble - Closet Cooking

Apple Crisp - Besides Pizza


  1. Oh Holler, thank you so much for such a lovely post, and for the forum shout! You're very sweet, as is your pudding - it looks fabulous!

  2. Thanks Julia, it was all well deserved!

  3. Looks great Holler! I have trying to use more pears lately becuase they are a very good source of fiber (you know, with the new year health thing going on). So here is a perfect place for them, in a crumble!

  4. Hope you try it out Deb, with a glass of good white wine! And I didn't know they were a goodd source of fibre!

  5. What a wonderful crumble! I am thinking of that song "I'd tumble for you..." but with Crumble instead. With custard to boot! Yum.

  6. Ahhh, the last pic completed me, with the 2 scoops of ice cream and I don't care if it's -14C, I'm having ice cream!

  7. The ginger sounds like an interesting addition to a pear crumble. I will have to try it. Warm fruit crumble with melting vanilla ice cream is the best!

  8. I'm a big fan of pears and this crumble looks delicious!

  9. Love pears, love crumble :-) I'm with Peter on the icecream - even though I trying hard to be good at the moment...

  10. I love that crumbles are simple to make and oh-so-satisfying to eat. Pears and gingers are a lovely combination.

  11. Mmm gooey sauce plus toffee topping sounds good!

  12. Yummy that looks very satisfying. I especially love it with ice cream!

  13. Oh, this looks good. Speaking as one indifferent to puddings, this is a complement! ;)

  14. Hi Cakespy, Thanks for visiting! So custard for you then? By the way, I love your artwork, especially the tote bags!

    Hi Peter, How can you want ice cream when it is so very cold, you must have good heating in your house!

    You are right Kevin, it was very good and such a treat, only my second crumble of the year!

    Thanks for that Mike!

    Hi Jen, don't kid me girl! I saw that wicked banana bread!

    Hi Susan, I immediately thought of adding ginger, once i had decided on a pear crumble and it worked so well, it gave the flavour a real oomph!

    Hi Ashley, The textures were good, the grainy, juicey texture of the pear, the gooey sauce, the crunch of the topping and the chewy toffee, yum!

    Hi Jenn, I am with you about the ice cream, although I wouldn't turn it down with custard!

    Hi Wendy, Thanks for that! I just cannot believe you don't like puddings, what's not to like? Do you at least like chocolate?

  15. looks lovely and wintery and melt in the mouth - yum!

  16. This looks delicious - I am a huge ginger fan, so anything that contains ginger gets a huge tick from me.

  17. Hi Johanna, it was yum!

    Hey Cakelaw, Thanks for visiting! I like ginger too and have used a huge amount of it this winter, it is definitely an essential in the store cupboard.

  18. Ooh, erm... bananas have lots of fibre and... chocolate is kind of good for you... Nope, think I've been busted! :-) I'm 'mostly' trying to be good - but you have to have treats ;-)

  19. This is a great entry into the event for this month Holler!Pear and ginger are an excellent combination for a crumble.

  20. Jen, I have to say, that the banana bread is gorgeous, I made it tonight, you are my baking guru!

    Hi Val, I wish there was some left!

  21. Your crumble just looks amazing! I love the idea of the ginger with the pears and of the almonds for the extra crunch. I think I'm gonna be baking crumble soon...

  22. Lovely looking crumble Holler. Well done.


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