Compost fruit crumble

Compost fruit crumble

Nigel Slater's fruit crumble tidies away fruit that's past its best under a delicious toasted oat and nut topping. Far too good for the compost heap.


For the crumble topping

To serve


  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.