Tuesday, August 26

Plum Crumble

 Well isn't this weather utterly dreadful?!

I've come back from my recent holiday with serious post-sun depression. As I'm sat here flicking through my sun bleached photos, snuggled in my thickest of blankets, the rain outside is chucking it down. A sunny Bank Holiday?! What. A. Joke.

But, as I'm curled up on the sofa, I'm clutching a piping hot bowl of freshly made crumble. This must be the first day of Autumn.

Not long after we had dumped our suitcases in the hallway and popped on the kettle, had my father ran up the garden to check his fruit trees. Peaches, pears and plenty of plump plums were weighing down the trees, ready for picking.

 Just look at those plums.

 Yeah. They taste pretty phenomenal too.

In true form, when life gives you lemons, you make sweet lemonade.

Vica versa, when your tree gives you tubs and tubs full of juicy plums? You make one heck of a crumble.

 After having a bit of a relaxing morning after travelling, I set about helping my mother tame the trees. (We've got to keep on top of them as otherwise the dog gets a bit of a sugar high from eating tons of them from the lower branches!)

 With a good 8 tubs full of fruit, I scurried off into the kitchen to swap my muddy Dubarry boots for a well worn apron.

Even though I do love my nutty strawberry & rhubarb version, this recipe is my go-to crumble recipe for it's ease and flexibility. It's from 'Nigella Express' and is so simple and diverse that it's almost unreal.

As a uni student on a budget, it is made up of such basic cupboard staples that you can easily whip this up cheaply and in minimal time to achieve some comfort food away from home. I made this recipe most Sundays nights last year for the boys that I lived with, they usually had loads of apples going spare for me to use.

To make your own basic crumble you will need:

- 200g plain flour

- 1tsp baking powder

- 8-9 tablespoons of demerera sugar

- 100g very cold butter, cut into chunks

-1 tbsp corn flour

(For the filling you will need about 8 large plums, likewise for apples or any other fruit filling. You could try pear & chocolate, peach or apple and blackberry?)

If you just want a single crumble (we've all been there...!), you can easily quarter the recipe and dish it up in cute tea cups instead.

 Preheat your oven to 200C/180 fan.

Weigh out the flour, baking powder and butter into a large mixing bowl or food processor.

 Blitz in the processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Or, if in a large mixing bowl, rub the butter in with your fingers.

Stir in 6 tablespoons of demerera sugar and set the crumble mixture to one side.

 Slice up the plums into quarters and remove the stone. Lay them into a baking dish of choice and sprinkle with two tablespoons of sugar and the cornflour. Give the contents a good shake to cover the fruit completely.

Cover the fruit completely with the crumble mixture and sprinkle over 1-2 tablespoons of demerera sugar for a crunchy topping.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown and allow to cool a little before serving.

Dish out and smother in crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream then have for breakfast the following morning... Yes. Don't judge. Cold crumble is heaven. Especially in the mornings.

Apologies I've been a little absent as of late, a mixture of holidays, writers block and a dodgy RSS feed not updating my Bloglovin' has limited the blog's activity. Fingers crossed it'll all be fixed asap!

Hope you all had a great Bank Holiday, regardless of this despicable weather!


  1. Oh lordy me darling, this is absolutely perfect for the dismal weather we have right now!
    pretty please can I just lick it all up from your snapchats?xxx

  2. Oh my...this looks seriously drool-worthy!!

    Lou ~ whiskyandpancakes.co.uk

  3. Ibbs, I don't know what that second sentence means, but it sounds unsuitable for a mixed audience :o

    Lovely crumble - however it lacks the vital custardy component :)

  4. Oh my goodness! This looks so delicious!

    We have a few plum trees in the garden too. It is so funny watching the dogs jump up to grab the plums off the trees and eat them! Does your dog do the same?!

    I can't wait for my first crumble of the year!

    Katie <3


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