Hetty McKinnon's pear streusel

Everything you need to make the streusel topping can be found in your pantry.
Everything you need to make the streusel topping can be found in your pantry. Photo: William Meppem

This is a simplified version of a pear crumble. You will find all the ingredients for the streusel topping in your pantry. Pears are great but you could also use apples, or even canned peaches or apricots. If you have it, serve with vanilla ice-cream.


4-5 (about 850g) just-soft pears, peeled, cored and diced

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp plain flour

Streusel topping

130g (1 cup) plain flour

80g (½ cup) brown sugar

½ tsp sea salt

85g (6 tbsp) butter, melted

Cost breakdown

Pears $2.63

Flour $0.39

Brown sugar $0.35

Butter $1.36

Total $4.73


1. Preheat oven to 190C fan-forced (210C conventional).

2. To make the streusel topping, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and stir to combine, until the mixture resembles coarse meal with some large pieces remaining. Set aside.

3. Place the pears into an ovenproof dish, add the sugar and flour, and toss to coat. Scatter the streusel topping over the pears. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the topping is golden, and the pears are tender. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Also try: Hetty McKinnon's spicy coconut and tomato braised peas or spinach and walnut pesto pasta

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