We are blessed to have family members that have multiple apple and pear trees. It means that we end up with bags and baskets full of delicious fruit… but eventually you find yourself needing a way to use it up quickly. And so was born the Harvest Crumble!

Great on its own, but it really sings when topped with whipped cream or ice cream. If I’m feeling particularly indulgent, I will make some cinnamon ice cream to top it… which basically involves blending cinnamon and a touch of sugar with vanilla ice cream. I’m drooling just thinking about it!

Crumble Filling Ingredients:

  • 3 to 5 pounds small apples and pears, cored and quartered (if you really like sweets, use less; if you prefer a more tart dessert, use more)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of dried cranberries (adjust amount based on preference)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crumble Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Step One- Place apples, pears, and dried cranberries in crockpot (called a slow-cooker in some regions).

Step Two- Mix remaining filling ingredients in a small mixing bowl.

Step Three- Pour sugar mixture into crockpot and stir to coat apples and pears. Level out the apple and pear mixture.

Step Four- Combine topping ingredients in the small mixing bowl. You may find it easiest to use your fingers to break up the butter and blend it evenly with the other ingredients.

Step Five- Sprinkle evenly over apple and pear mixture in the crockpot.

Step Six- Cover and cook on low for about 4 hours.

Step Seven- You could eat it now, but I recommend turning off the crockpot and letting it set (covered) for about an hour. This allows the sauce to thicken some and for the flavors to further develop.

Step Eight- Scoop it out, top it if you wish, and loosen your belt buckle for the second serving!

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