Compost crumble

Preparation time
less than 30 mins
Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 6-7

Stewed nectarines, pears and apple covered with a delicious toasted oat and nut topping. Far too good for the compost heap!

By Nigel Slater
From Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day


  • 2 pears
  • 1 apple
  • 2 nectarines
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • 1 banana, roughly chopped into discs
  • 3 tbsp golden caster sugar

For the crumble topping

  • 200g/7oz plain flour
  • 100g/3½oz butter
  • 60g/2¼oz rolled oats
  • 1 large handful pumpkin seeds
  • 30g/1oz flaked almonds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar

To serve

  • cream or custard


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Chop the pears, apple and nectarines and place in a pan over a low heat with the lemon juice. Warm through for 10 minutes.
  3. For the crumble topping, in a bowl, rub together the flour and butter with your hands until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the remaining dry ingredients and the demarara sugar. Set aside.
  4. Take a small roasting tin. Layer the warm fruit on the bottom, along with the chopped banana. Sprinkle with the golden caster sugar.
  5. Top with the crumble mixture and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the topping is golden-brown. Serve immediately with cream or custard.

Recipe Tips


The nectarines and pears are a lovely combination but you can substitute them for any fruit you have to hand.

If your fruit is underripe, you may need to add a little extra sugar.

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