Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble

Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble


Finally, it is the middle of Winter. Time to banish the diet and eat pudding. So, bring on the warm, sweet comfort of fruit with a crunchy, crumble topping. And here we have an exquisite Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble, which is also gluten-free.

Since this crumble hits the spot where only warm, fruity, drizzled with cream or custard, or both – I’m not judging – puddings can really hit.

So, are you with me?

The pears are fresh and juicy, the blackberries are from the freezer, squirrelled away during our abundant, Autumn.

Fruit and nuts on a wooden board.

This crunchy, almond laden crumble comes together in mere moments, all the ingredients working in harmony together. The result, an unctuous, fruity, crunchy, explosion in your mouth. You know, the kind of eating experience, where the inside of your cheeks suddenly suck in and your taste buds are woken up by the flavour party happening on your tongue.

Yep – that good!

And because as many as possible should be able to share in this pudding sensation, I made it Gluten Free. Because, why not??

Backed almond blackberry pear crumble.


Balancing Flavours In A Dessert

What sends this Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble over the top, apart from my description, is the buttery, crunchy, flaked almond streusel, piled high, atop the juicy fruit.

And no additional sugar is added to the fruit layer. Because, the pears are sweet enough and I think it is good to have bursts of sharpness, from the plump, purple, blackberries. Also, to provide balance, crunchy, caramel, demerera sugar is mixed in with the crumble topping. Resulting in a pudding that absolutely sings!

Blackberry and pear almond crumble served in a bowl with cream.

Recipe: Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble serves 6 generous portions.

225g/8oz Gluten Free Flour – I use Dove’s Farm

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter – cold, straight from the fridge

225g/8oz Flaked Almonds

100g/4oz Demerera Sugar

1/4tsp Salt – I use Maldon

3-4 Conference Pears – alternatively use canned, drained pear halves

200g/7oz Fresh or Frozen Blackberries

Optional – Double Cream, Custard, Ice Cream to serve

Making The Topping

Method: Preheat Oven to 190C/170C fan

First of all, cut the cold butter into cubes and place in a large bowl with the flour and salt.

Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers, working quickly and lightly, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Gluten free flour works equally well in this recipe.

Rubbing butter into flour in a bowl.

Alternatively place the cubed butter and flour into a food processor, with the steel blade attached and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Add the flaked almonds and demerera sugar and stir with a spoon to mix.

Adding almonds to a crumble topping.

Preparing The Fruit

Peel the pears, remove the core and cut into chunks.

Place the pears and blackberries into a 10″/26cm dish.

Sliced pear and frozen blackberries in a serving dish.

Cover the fruit with the crumble mixture.

Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble ready to be baked.

Baking The Crumble

Place in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes until the topping is golden and the fruit juices are bubbling.

As soon as the Crumble is baked remove from the oven.

Backed almond blackberry pear crumble.

Fruity pear and blackberries hidden beneath a crisp and crunchy crumble topping.
Serve immediately with the accompaniment of your choice.

A backed fruit dessert having cream poured over it.


Eat and enjoy!

Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble served in a bowl with cream.

Everyone in our house thoroughly enjoyed this warming, winter pudding.

Being Gluten Free makes this Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble accessible to more people. And I must agree, that has got to be a good thing!

Do you desire warm, comforting food when it’s cold? I certainly do.

If you enjoy this Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble, then you will love these recipes:

Apple Almond Cake 

FF Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble
Autumn Almond Apple Cake – gluten free.

Amazing Apple Pie

FF Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble
Amazing Apple Pie with homemade Luxury Vanilla Bean Custard.

I buy Dove’s Gluten Free flour from Waitrose.

While I am not allergic to wheat, or gluten it is important that gluten free recipes are included on Feasting is Fun. Since the heart of my blog is to encourage people to share and eat together, it makes sense to create recipes that more people can enjoy. Because nobody asks to have an allergy. And it’s nice when an “extra” dessert doesn’t have to be bought or made. Finally, I believe the more that people are included, the more comfortable and relaxed they will be.

Sammie xx



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Hi, I'm Sammie and I’m passionate about creating tasty recipes, both sweet and savoury that you can make at home. Every recipe is easy and fun to make and should taste like a feast without the fuss!

6 thoughts on “Almond Blackberry Pear Crumble”

  1. The flavours and textures sound fantastic. I could definitely eat a giant bowl of this with some hot custard 🙂

  2. Yum! I admit I don’t make them often (enough) but there is something so comforting about a warm fruit crumble. I love your contrast of using sweet pears with the tart berries. I can almost taste it now! Love the recipe and gluten-free option! – Liz

    1. If I’m truly honest, this crumble wasn’t always going to be gluten free. I usually add oats to crumble toppings and had run out! So I switched to gluten free flour and maxed up the flaked almonds. This crumble is probably one of the best I’ve ever made, pears, blackberries and almonds were meant to be together. Sometimes the best dishes come out of happy last minute changes! Sammie xx

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