Wednesday 28 August 2013

Plum Crumble - Seasonal Recipe

When I was little the August Bank Holiday (that's just been on Monday) seemed to mark the end of summer. It was usually the weekend we'd come back from the family holiday and it was only a few days until the start of the new school year. Although it was sad that summer was over, it also meant that autumn was on its way with lots of treats of its own! One of my favourites was (and still is) fruit crumbles. In our back garden we had an apple tree that was starting to fruit and meant lots of lovely tasty treats, but it was a little unreliable and only seemed to share its apples every other year! However, we also had a plum tree which fruited every year and made lovely crumbles of its own.

While out shopping yesterday I spotted some juicy orangy-red plums which are right in the middle of their best season here in the UK. Well, that meant only one thing on my mind - plum crumble! So last night I made one for dessert and here I share the recipe with you.


Plum Crumble Recipe

You will need:
  • 6 large plums
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 90g butter
  • 90g brown sugar   
  • Optional - cinnamon, nutmeg, crushed nuts or oats for the topping
  • A baking dish (I used one that was 20cm round)
Serves 4-6 people (depending on how greedy you are! I divided mine into 4 generous portions -because I am greedy...)

Step 1
Turn the oven on and set it to 170C/ 350F. Let it heat up while you prepare the crumble.

Wash and slice the plums. Arrange them in the bottom of the dish.

Plum crumble recipe

Step 3
In a bowl mix together the flour and baking powder. Add pieces of butter and rub it into the flour with your finger tips until it sticks together and looks like crumbs.

Crumble topping recipe

Step 4
Use a fork to mix the brown sugar into the flour and butter mixture.

Step 5
Now tip the flour mixture over the top of the fruit in the dish. Pat it down so the mixture covers all the fruit and goes up to the sides of the dish. (The fruit will bubble up as it cooks so this helps to seal it in).

If you want to add any additional toppings, now's the time. I sprinkled mine with a little nutmeg. Cinnamon, crushed nuts and oats also go well either on their own or all mixed together. 

How to make plum crumble

Step 6
Put the crumble into the pre-heated oven and bake for 40 minutes until the top is light golden brown and the fruit is starting to bubble through. If the topping looks like it's getting too brown, cover the dish with foil until the fruit is cooked.

Plum crumble recipe

This recipe can be made with any soft fruit you have. Some of my favourites are apple, blackberries or rhubarb.


  1. My family is loving plums right now. This recipe looks delicious!

    1. Thanks Heidi! It is delicious and didn't last long in my house!

  2. The cinnamon is a definite for me - mmmmmmmmmmmm!