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Passover Pineapple and Pear Crumble

Crumble is always a family favourite and to recreate it so that it is Pesach friendly is an added bonus. I have also made it nut free to help those intolerant of nuts - especially challenging at this time of year. Matzah meal makes a perfect topping and I have flavoured it with coconut; an ingredient readily available at Pesach time. I like to serve it with ice cream or cream.

Crumbles became popular in Britain during the 2nd World War when rationing made pastry a challenge.

Note: instead of white sugar, a mixture of brown sugar and vanilla sugar may be added to the pineapple. Light brown sugar can replace the white sugar in the crumble topping.

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Prepare Ahead

Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.


  1. 1

    Prepare the fruit and stir in the cinnamon and transfer into a large ovenware dish. Only add the sugar if you have a particularly sweet tooth and the pineapple requires some extra sweetness.

  2. 2

    Mix together the crumble ingredients and sprinkle evenly over the top of the fruit.

  3. 3

    Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until the crumb topping is slightly golden.


  • 1 large pineapple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 3 medium pears, peeled, cored and finely diced
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon, for the topping, plus 1 tsp for the filling
  • 100g margarine
  • 250g medium matzo meal
  • 50g dessicated coconut
  • 75g sugar, for the crumble, plus 2 tbsp (optional) for the filling

Serves 8

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Recipe published with permission from Denise Phillips.


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