Oaty Plum Crumble

I love crumble. I could never tire of it. You can make it so many ways by varying the fruit, using combinations of fruit, adding seeds or nuts to the crumble mix or chocolate chips or whatever springs to mind. I made several crumbles when I lived in Italy and felt very proud indeed when Italian friends thought my dessert was delicious, then I felt very smug indeed when I announced that it was an English dessert! Ha! We have good food too!! If you have larger than normal ramekins or the little Le Creusets (as above, a nice little Christmas present) it’s nice to make individual crumbles.

Serves 5

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30-35 mins

What you need:

450g plums, quartered and stones discarded

A slosh of water

100g oats

80g unsalted butter, cut into pieces

80g wholewheat flour

100g dark brown sugar

What you need to do:

1. Heat the oven to 180C.

2. Put the slices of plum in a pan with a slosh of water and a tablespoon of brown sugar. Cook on a low heat with the lid on for 5 minutes until they are soft but not squishy.

3. While they’re cooking stir the oats, flour and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Then add the butter pieces and, using your fingers, blend the butter with the dry ingredients until you reach a coarse breadcrumb consistency.

4. Pour the plums and juices into a baking dish, or ramekins, and pour the breadcrumb mixture evenly on top.

5. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Great served with cream or custard.

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