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Plum crumble

Make the most of plum season with this amazing plum crumble recipe.

plum crumble


– 1 kg ripe cooking plums, halved and stoned

– zest from 1 lemon

– 50 g brown sugar

– 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

– 1 tablespoon flour

– 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

For the crumble:

– 300 g flour

– 150 g butter

– 150 g caster sugar

– 50 g ground almonds


Heat the oven to 200 C. Put the plums into  a  big baking pan or more small baking pans.. In a bowl, mix together the sugar, orange zest, cinnamon and flour and sprinkle over the plums. Add 2 tablespoons of water on top.

Put all the crumble ingredients into a mixer. Mix until the mixture just starts to clump together. Take care not to over process at this stage. If you don’t have a mixer, rub the butter into the flour using your hands and then stir in the other ingredients.

A good crumble contains the right balance of fat to flour and has the texture of fine breadcrumbs. If there is too much fat the topping will melt, if too little the result will be dry.

Scatter the crumble over the plums and bake in the oven for 30–40 mins until golden brown. You can serve it hot or cold. For a great treat serve it hot with ice cream on top. If plums are very sour use sweet ice cream, and if they are very sweet use sour ice cream. Enjoy!

plum crumble


29 thoughts on “Plum crumble

  1. Your pictures look amazing and that recipe is probably just as amazing. I have never cooked with plums but looking at how yummy this looks I will probably give it a try very soon. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. That crumble looks perfect! The last time I made crumble it turned into almost a biscuit. I’m guessing I used too much butter haha. Might make some apple crumble this week to redeem myself!

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