The blossom is out and people look happy. But while we wait for spring to properly arrive and the chill to go, here is a comforting plum crumble. In my (humble) opinion it is exactly how a crumble should be – with just as much crumble as fruit and with a punch of flavour. In this case orange zest, cinnamon and toasted almonds. Next time I may add a little chopped ginger. Hopefully you like the sweet gooiness of cooked plums and don’t just scoop up and eat the crumble topping like my philistine boyfriend…
The crumble takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to cook. Serve it with custard, obviously..!
Fragrant plum crumble (serves 6)
750g ripish plums, cut in half and stones removed
50g brown sugar
Finely grated zest 1 orange
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp plain flour
For the crumble
250g plain flour
160g sugar (caster/brown/a combination)
50g toasted flaked almonds
Heat the oven to gas mark 6/200 degrees C. Put the plums in an ovenproof dish skin up. Mix together the sugar, orange zest, cinnamon and flour and sprinkle over the plums. Spoon over 3 tbsp water.
Put all the crumble ingredients except the almonds in a bowl and mix together. Use your fingers to rub in the butter so it clumps together. Spoon the crumble over the plums and scatter over the almonds. Bake in the oven for approx. 40 mins until golden brown. Serve with custard.