Persimmon and Apple Crumble

Posted on Jan 6, 2015

How is everyones 2015 going so far? Up here in Scotland its still in the depths of winter and its very cold, especially at nights. So as far as I am concerned warm comforting desserts are the order of the day and this Persimmon and Apple Crumble fits the bill perfectly.

persimmon and apple crumble

This dessert is just the ticket to help fight those wintery blues. The lightly spiced fruit is warming and juicy. Have you tried persimmons before? They are kinda hard to describe but when they are ripe they are soft, sweet and very juicy. And their bright orange flesh is just so pretty in food!

I added the apple for texture and flavour, nothing much beats apple in a dessert like this ๐Ÿ˜€

persimmon and apple crumble

The topping is sweet and crunchy and my favourite part, even as a kid I loved it when I got an extra large chunk of the crumble topping. I’ve added in some oats to this topping because when they toast up they have a lovely nutty flavour and a great crunchy texture.

I made a pretty small crumble but the ingredients can easily be doubled for a larger dessert. But this was plenty big enough for what we needed.

persimmon and apple crumble

I think its because its what I grew up with, but I really love my fruit crumbles served with pouring cream. Fruit and cream to me is just heavenly ๐Ÿ˜€ But in the past I have enjoyed crumbles with mascarpone or ice cream. It’s just a personal preference.

So I can see myself having to hanker down with cold busting food for minimum the next few weeks. Soups, stews and slow cooker hot chocolate at the ready. I refuse to get caught out with the winter blues!

persimmon and apple crumble

And thisย persimmon and apple crumbleย will definitely help. What about you, what comfort foods do you turn too to beat the winter blues?

persimmon and apple crumble

Persimmon and Apple Crumble

Persimmon and Apple Crumble, a warm fruity dessert topped with a sweet, crunchy, crumbly topping. Perfect when served with cream, mascarpone or ice cream.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: Emma


  • 3 ripe persimmons ((cut into medium sized chunks))
  • 1 medium dessert apple ((cut into small sized chunks))
  • 100 grams light brown sugar - divided ((1/2 cup lightly packed))
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • a pinch ground nutmeg
  • 45 grams oats ((1/2 cup))
  • 15 grams flour ((1/8 cup))
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 55 grams unsalted butter - cold ((1/4 cup))
  • a pinch of salt


  • Top, tail and peel your fruit. Chop the persimmons up into medium sized chunks and the apple into small chunks.
  • Place the chopped fruit in a medium sized saucepan with 25 grams (1/8 cup) of your sugar along with the water and your pinch of ground nutmeg.
  • Over a low to medium heat gently heat the fruit for 10 to 12 minutes stirring occasionally till the fruit is soft and warm through.
  • While your fruit is warming preheat your oven to 190C / 375F / Gas mark 5 and get a 9 inch (24cm) pie plate / dish near to hand.
  • Pour the rest of the sugar, which should be 75 grams (3/8 cup) into a medium sized mixing bowl and add in the oats, flour, ground cinnamon, butter and salt.
  • Using your finger tips lightly rub everything together till it is all pebbly looking.
  • Once your fruit has finished softening up pour it into your dish and cover it with the crumble mixture. Make sure you fully cover the fruit completely.
  • Pop it in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Take it out of the oven once the topping has crisped up and turned a lovely golden colour. It shouldn't take much more than 25 minutes as the fruit is already cooked.
  • Once golden brown take it out of the oven and allow it to cool slightly for 5 minutes then serve.
  • This crumble goes well with cream, mascarpone or ice cream. If you don't finish it in one siting let it cool to room temperature cover it and place it in the fridge for up to 2 days.
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  1. It’s so cold here too. This crumble looks absolutely amazing and would definitely help fight those winter blues away! I LOVE crumbles and crisps and the persimmon and apple combination sounds fantastic!

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    • Hi Kelly, thank you. Crumbles and crisps are great for beating the cold ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. When I lived in New Zealand there was a big persimmon orchard next door so I made apple and persimmon crumble quite often. I love this stuff!

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    • Hi Maureen, oh that would be heaven living so close to an orchard!

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  3. It is soooooo cold by us!! I would love to cuddle up with a huge bowl of this crumble! Crumbles are one of my favorite desserts these days!

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    • Hi Ashley, I too love crumbles I am a huge fruit fan and this is a great way to eat it ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Ooh, that crumble is calling my name! The perfect winter dessert for those of us trying to survive the cold! Hope your 2015 is off to a great start…it certainly appears to be if you get to eat this! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi Brianna, thank you. The cold is certainly getting to all of us and hot desserts like this certainly help ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. This sounds amazing. I have tried persimmon before and loved it but I have never had it cooked. I can imagine it works very well indeed ๐Ÿ™‚ I am finding myself adding lentils to everything to give me a boost at the moment.

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    • Hi Natalie, thank you its very pleasant cooked and works well in pies and crumbles. Lentils are a staple for us non meat eaters!

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  6. This sounds so good, Emma! I loove persimmons, and this crumble is definitely perfect for this cold weather ๐Ÿ™ I am freezing inside my house as I write this, haha.

    My friend loves persimmons so much, I am gonna send her this so we can make it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi Karishma, I am so sorry to hear you are so cold at the moment this crumble will definitely warm you up ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. We are fans of this great winter fruit. Your crumble looks amazingly delicious, Emma.

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    • Hi Angie thank you, its a lovely colourful winter treat ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. I tried persimmon once before and it was awful! I don’t think it was ripe! I tried it a few years later and it was so good, I’m glad I tried it again as it is a lovely fruit and your crumble sounds delicious.

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    • Same here it took me a few tries to really appreciate it, I tried it cooked for the first time last winter and really enjoyed it.

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