Fig and Pear Crumbles

Fig and Pear Crumble Recipe

Is there anything more attractive than a fig perched in a nest of sweet pears and buttery crumble? Of course not. These individual Fig and Pear Crumbles are a great way to impress family members and dinner guests alike at this time of the year. But be quick; fig season is almost over and they’re nigh impossible to get your hands on at a reasonable price once winter hits.

As mentioned in a previous recipe, a fig provides an exceptional focal point for any dish. I hope you’ll agree that these beautiful purple jewels, punctuated by hundred of tiny, crunchy seeds and nestled indulgently within buttery crumble make for a feast worthy of both your eyes and your stomach.

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As you’d expect, the flavour of these fig and pear crumbles matches their aesthetic appeal. A last-minute addition, using two-types of ginger to subtly flavour the desserts proved to be a stroke of genius, supplying that gentle spice so often craved in winter. Just make sure not to over do it; use too much ginger and it’ll drown out the flavour of the fruit and spoil the main event. Digging into that warm, luscious fig is an experience to be savoured.

Read the word ‘individual’ in a recipe and it usually makes you think fiddly and time-consuming thoughts. When it comes to these little fig and pear crumbles, however, assumptions of that nature couldn’t be further from the truth.

There is no peeling, pre-cooking or waiting around. You simply place the pears in their vessels, sprinkle with a little sugar, pop in a fig and finish with buttery crumble and cook. Job done. That’s what makes them perfect dinner-party fodder and the ideal quick-fix for a bothersome sweet tooth.

This isn’t my first foray into crumble. Check out my blackberry and apple rendition and ginger and rhubarb concoction. There’s even a crumble cake…

Fig and Pear Crumbles

Makes 4


For the filling:

  • 2 pears, quartered and finely sliced
  • 4 figs
  • 2 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 2 “knuckles” or “balls” of stem ginger, finely chopped

For the crumble:

  • 80g plain flour
  • 40g butter
  • 40g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

To serve:

  • 4 tsp mascarpone


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C(fan)/170C. In a large mixing bowl bring the flour and butter together with your fingers until they resemble breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and ground ginger and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  2. Take 4 large ramekins – roughly 4 inches in diameter – and layer the slices pears inside, leaving a small indent in the centre. Sprinkle each with ½ tsp of soft brown sugar and an equal amount of stem ginger.
  3. Leaving them connected at the bottom, slice the figs in quarters; fan them out slightly and place in the centre of the ramekins.
  4. Scatter the prepared crumble atop the figs and pears, press down slightly and pop in the oven. Bake for around 30 minutes until piping hot and golden brown on top.
  5. Serve each immediately with a teaspoon of mascarpone cheese.

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Cost: At 4 for £1, figs are irresponsibly inexpensive at this time of year and should be consumed excessively. Pears, too, are in season and cheap as – proverbial – chips.

As such, these delicious easy to make desserts are not only a quick-fix, but make an indelible impression of thrift. They can be made for as little as £2.50 with a little clever shopping.

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24 comments on “Fig and Pear Crumbles

  1. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    October 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Great recipe!

  2. cookinginsens
    October 22, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Fabulous! I like the big pear slices.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 16, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Me too, Rosemary. It was nice to have a crumble with whole fruit.

  3. Lorna
    October 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    roughly how long do these little beauties have to bake for?

    • Admin
      October 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      Well spotted! The recipe has been updated. Thanks.

  4. Karinna
    October 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Wonderful recipe! The addition of ginger, I bet, elevates the whole thing to the next level. And I would get a lot of satisfaction at packing those ingredients into individual dishes. Lovely!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Thank you – yes, the ginger really was an excellent addition.

  5. Lorna
    October 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Thanks – can’t wait to try them out soon

  6. laurenkahan
    October 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    YUM!!!! And those little ramicans (?) are amazing!!

  7. Meta Mint
    October 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    So doing this in the next fig season! Gorgeus ad very creative recipe.

  8. Conor Bofin
    October 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    That’s it. I’m posting a fig thing tomorrow. This looks fantastic. Great after an Autumn cycle, I’m sure.

  9. Lorna
    October 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    they were utterly delicious!

  10. DellaCucinaPovera
    October 26, 2014 at 10:40 am

    You’ve mixed together some winning ingredients here, Nick. Well done, sir!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 16, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you, the ginger was especially delicious.

  11. midihideaways
    October 27, 2014 at 9:20 am

    They look gorgeous!!

  12. words-n-motion
    October 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Mouthwatering photographs! I scanned quickly and read 4 tsp mascarpone to serve. Hmmm… 🙂 Tempting. 😉 But the festive period ended just yesterday – well I could stretch it by another day or so, I guess. Thanks, I might try this recipe. But just a couple of days back, for a savory snack I made Chutney – sweet and sour – using dried Figs and dried Fuji Apple slices – basically, substituted dates with the figs and used the apples for tangy taste. 🙂 I love fresh figs, rarely see them though where I live – desert. Thanks also for stopping by on my post. 🙂 Yes, damn chocolates, go for fig and pear crumbles. 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      November 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Thank you! I can’t wait to try some more fig recipes next year – they’re wonderful.

  13. Karen
    October 30, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I love the idea of combining figs with pears…pretty and delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      The combination is wonderful, especially with ginger.

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