Apple and Plum Crumble

Ahh, the humble crumble. What a classic, will it ever get old? This was my first ever time making plum crumble, and I was totally inspired by a plum crumble that my boyfriend's mum made. Guys it was sooooo goooood, I was in crumble heaven!! What threw me off though, is that she had topped it with sliced almonds and I don't even like them. But with the combination of sticky sweet, yet refreshingly tart plums and oaty crumble, I was in love. Plus, the almonds get a lovely toasting while the crumble bakes, which imparts a delicate nutty flavour to every mouthful. My version involves cinnamon-y apples which have been cooked down with the plums in a warm spiced caramel syrup. It was divine! I will just make a note to self for future plum crumble making: wait until the plums are ripe!!! I was way too eager to try this crumble out for myself and should have exercised patience, please exercise patience with your plums! The riper the plum, the better the crumble.

serves: 6
freezer friendly: you may freeze the fruit and crumble topping seperately, defrost and bake together

 INGREDIENTS
plum mix:
2 large apples (any variety, peeled, cored and roughly chopped)
1 punnet of plums (roughly chopped)
1 tbsp lemon juice
15g butter
50g light brown sugar (depending on the tartness of the apples)
1 heaped tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp nutmeg (you can omit if you wish)
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crumble topping:
100g salted butter (crucial!)
80g plain flour (to start with, add more if needed)
70g rolled oats
50g granulated sugar + 1 tbsp (for topping)
1/2 tsp cinnamon + extra for sprinkling
a handful of sliced almonds

METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to 180C (fan).
2. Add your chopped apples, plums and all the rest of the ingredients for the plum mix to a heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat gently over a medium-ish hob until the fruit has softened and created a lovely caramel fruit syrup at the bottom.
3. Transfer to an oven dish to cool, while that's cooling - start on the crumble!
4. Add the butter to a mixing bowl, with the flour and rub between your fingers until you get a mix that resembles chunky breadcrumbs. Alternatively you can add the ingredients to a food processer and pulse to get the same results!
5. Add the oats, the sugar and cinnamon and mix together so you have a chunky buttery crumble! If it comes together into a clump, add a tbsp of flour and break it all up.
6. Sprinkle over the plum mix, top it off with a sprinkling of granulated sugar on the top, a dash of cinnamon and a handful of sliced almonds.
7. Bake on a middle shelf until the top is golden brown and you get the beautiful plum colour peeking through at the edges, for about 30-40 minutes. If the top starts to brown too quickly, cover it with some foil. Serve with lashings of cream, silky custard or vanilla ice-cream!

lots of love ♡

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