Brown Butter Apple Crumble



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As the leaves turn golden and the air fills with the crispness of autumn, the kitchen becomes a haven for warm, comforting desserts. Among these seasonal delights, the Brown Butter Pear Apple Crumble stands out as a heartwarming treat, combining the classic flavors of fall fruits with the nutty richness of burnt butter.

Burnt Butter Fruit Crumble Dessert: A Cozy Delight

Imagine a dessert that perfectly encapsulates the essence of fall. The Brown Butter Pear and Apple Crumble is just that—a delightful mixture of tender pears and apples, their sweetness enhanced by the depth of burnt butter, all topped with a crunchy, buttery crumble.

This crumble pairs wonderfully with fancy apple Gruyere tart for a sophisticated dessert spread or as a sweet follow-up to a hearty mini meatball pasta bake.

Tricks & Tips

  • Perfect Pear and Apple Ratio: Use equal parts pear and apple for a balanced flavor and texture.
  • Browned Butter Magic: The key to this recipe is the browned butter – it adds a rich, nutty flavor that’s irresistible.
  • Crumble Topping Creativity: Feel free to add nuts or oats to your crumble topping for extra crunch and flavor.
  • Spice It Up: A pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg in the fruit mixture can enhance the fall flavors.
  • Serving Suggestion: Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for added indulgence.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use different fruits for this crumble?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with other seasonal fruits like figs or blackberries. If you use berries, just be sure to combine a tablespoon of cornstarch with the mix so that it thickens properly.

How do I achieve the perfect brown butter flavor?

Cook the butter until it’s a deep golden brown, but be careful not to let it burn.

Can this crumble be made gluten-free?

Yes, simply use your preferred gluten-free flour for the crumble topping.

Is it possible to prepare this dessert in advance?

You can assemble the crumble ahead and bake it just before serving for the best texture.

Can I freeze the baked crumble?

Yes, it freezes well. Just reheat in the oven to serve.

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Burnt Butter Pear + Apple Crumble

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Crumble up some comfort with our Brown Butter Pear Apple Crumble. It's time for your taste buds to fall in love!



  • 3 to 4 baking pears, cored and diced
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2- inch knob of fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Crumble Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup oat flakes
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, 1 stick, cubed


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a 8 x 8-inch baking dish (or something equivalent), add the pears, apples, white sugar, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, minced fresh ginger, vanilla extract and salt. Toss until pears are thoroughly coated. Set aside.
  • To a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, oat flakes and chopped walnuts.
  • In a small saucepan, set over medium-high heat, add the cubed butter. Brown the butter until it goes from yellow and bubbling to a very, very dark brown color. It might appear burnt and it is, but not to worry, it’ll taste delicious. Pour the burnt butter into the medium bowl that’s holding the flour and oat mixture. Using a spoon, mix the mixture until clumpy and everything is coated in butter. Pour the crumble atop the filling and spread it out evenly. Transfer it to the oven to bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the crumble is bubbling and the top is golden brown.
  • I’m not a super bossy person, but you must, you MUST eat this crumble warm with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream.


Serving: 4g | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 513IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Hi- Looking forward to making this dessert for a family dinner tonight! 🙂 I was wondering what an oat flake is and whether I can just use rolled oats instead. Will that impact the baking time? (side note, I can report back if no one has tried this!)

      1. Thanks so much, Adrianna! It’s taking me so much willpower not to just eat all of the crumble topping right now 🙂

  2. My mom and I made this, but we had trouble with the topping not getting brown. We think there might be a discrepancy/misprint in the recipe concerning what kind of sugar we use. Do we need to use granulated sugar or brown sugar?

  3. Followed directions exactly, but after 40 minutes in the oven, there was bubbling, but the top was very pale in color. Left it in another 20 minutes, and the topping is still not brown. Any suggestions?

    1. hmm…that’s strange. it’s probably done. maybe it has to do with the butter? not sure. it’s definitely done tho and should still taste good!

    1. for sure! it’s a great make-ahead recipe. you can either warm it back up in the oven or the microwave. 🙂

  4. kuddos to you! If it was 100° here, I’d forgo turning on my oven for sure and eat just the ice cream haha. hopefully you get some for fall-like weather soon!