I’ve grown up watching a lot of international cooking shows and reading books by Enid Blyton which were massively focussed on food (those picnics, dinners and delicious sounding puddings!). While I didn’t get to eat a lot of those dishes at home, I pounced on the chance to try them as I grew older, either from upcoming bakeries or while traveling. Crumble, to me, is one such iconic dish. It sounded super delicious so I made sure I tried it when I saw it on the menu at a brunch, many years ago. I loved it! Buttery, crumbly, fruity and delicious, this was definitely worth learning. So here is one version, with plums and a little spice 🙂
A crumble takes hardly any time to put together, which makes it an even more fun dish to experiment with. You can try different fruits and different additions to the crumb topping itself.I used a mixture of flour and oats for this crumble and amped it up with a little cinnamon as well. Pulsing all these together and getting that nice, sandy crumb is so fun to do. You can use a food processor or just get in there with your hands. It’s quite therapeutic, I think.
The plums just need to be chopped finely and seasoned with some sugar, vanilla and cardamom. I added a little cornflour as well, to help get the jamminess out.
This, by itself, is delicious, but give it time to transform into a nice, warm, comforting hug 🙂
You just need to layer the crumb over the plums and bake. That’s it.
Once the top is nice and golden brown, you will also see the plum juices bubbling away at the bottom. Take it out and let it cool. Trust me, you don’t want boiling hot plums in your mouth!
Slice and serve. You can have it as is or with some ice cream or whipped cream.
The plums get roasty and jammy while being aromatic and delicious. The crumble is golden, buttery and toasty. All in all, this is pretty darn good!
Spiced Plum Crumble
500g chopped plums
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cornflour
1/4 cup (30g) brown sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1 cup (120g) all purpose flour
1/4 cup (25g) rolled oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 cup (30g) brown sugar
1/8 cup (25g) granulated sugar
75g cold butter – cubed
- Mix all the ingredients for the filling in small bowl
- Pre heat the oven to 200C
- In a large bowl or food processor, mix the flours, sugars, cinnamon and salt
- Add the cold, cubed butter and either mix with your hands or pulse with the processor till you get a coarse,sandy mixture
- Transfer the plums to a 9 inch baking tin (preferably glass) and layer the crumble on top of it
- Pat it down so that it is uniform and covers the entire pan well
- Bake at 200C for 50-60 mins till the crumble is golden brown and the juices start bubbling up around the sides
- Take the pan out and let it cool down before serving as is or with ice cream/whipped cream