Apple and Plum Crumble

Amy Massey
by Amy Massey
6 Servings
1 hr 5 min

A fruit crumble is a well loved, typical English dessert, especially in the north of England where I live. The great thing about this recipe is you can experiment with pretty much any fruit you like for the base. I choose apple and plum because they pair well together and I happened to have some apples and plums that were about to become overripe. As the fruit gets stewed, it's a great way of using up fruit to save it from being thrown away!

This dessert is great on its own or served with ice cream or cream. However the very typical English thing to serve this with would be piping hot instant custard!

Fresh apples and plums are sliced thinly and sprinkled with sugar.

The fruit is then stewed gently in the microwave doing most of the cooking for you before the dish goes into the oven so you don't end up with a burnt topping and an undercooked base.

Then it's time to get a little messy! The butter is rubbed into the flour and sugar until it turns into a breadcrumb-like texture. This can take a lot of patience, but if you have any little ones at home, they can be a great help here as they love getting their hands dirty!

The crumbly topping is sprinkled on top of the fruit and baked until golden and crunchy.

Recipe details
  • 6  Servings
  • Prep time: 25 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 5 min
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For the filling
  • 2 medium sized apples, peeled and cored
  • 3 plums
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
For the topping
  • 175g plain flour
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 110g unsalted butter, cold

Preheat your oven to 190 degrees celsius.
Slice the apples and plums evenly and layer in the bottom of an ovenproof casserole dish.
Sprinkle over the caster sugar, then cover the dish with cling film and pierce several times.
Place in the microwave for approximately 6 minutes. Stop the microwave and stir the fruit after every minute until the fruit is stewed and soft.
In a bowl, combine the flour and sugar for the topping.
Chop the cold butter into small cubes and add to the bowl.
Rub the butter into the flour and sugar until fully combined. The mixture should start to resemble breadcrumbs.
Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top of the stewed fruit, then place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Leave to cool slightly before serving, approximately 10 minutes, then serve with cream, ice cream or warm custard, as desired.