Plum and Cinnamon Oaty Crumble

I think the world needs more Crumble.

(Interestingly that is one of the few subjects on which my children agree with me!)

Doesn’t the thought of a lovely comforting bowl of crumble and custard make you want to smile? It conjures up thoughts of happy family evenings and roaring log fires – or maybe just memories of groaning stomachs having eaten too much. But there is no doubt that there is nothing like a bowl of steaming crumble and custard to give a definite rose-tint to your day!

Despite all that, it seems that (in our household at least) how you actually make the crumble can be quite a tricky business. I don’t mean putting it together as that’s pretty simple – I mean getting agreement on what goes into it.

First there’s the crumble vs fruit ‘discussion’ – more topping than fruit, or vice versa? Then what do you eat it with? – custard? (I would say so) – ice-cream? – or cream? And that’s assuming you’ve got past the discussion of whether or not to add raisins to the apple and cinnamon (well I’ve solved that one – just make plum crumble instead!).

I suppose you could always just not ask and make it how you like it!

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This is a lovely warming crumble with just a hint of cinnamon and orange that makes it just delicious!

Oaty Plum and Cinnamon Crumble

Serves 6


  • 750g punnet of plums
  • 1-2 tablespoons soft light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100g butter
  • 175g plain flour
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 heaped tablespoons rolled oats


  1. Wash the plums, cut each into quarters and remove the stone – then cut each quarter into half again
  2. Place in an ovenproof dish, sprinkle over the sugar, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of orange juice and stir to mix
  3. Put the butter and flour into a food processor and blitz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and blitz for about 10 seconds to mix – not too long or it will turn into a cake batter like mixture
  4. Add the oats and blitz for a couple of seconds more to just mix the oats in but not chop them up too much
  5. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the plums and spread out evenly
  6. Cook in the oven at 190.C for 30 – 40 minutes until browned on top
  7. Serve with custard – of course!

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