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!
This is a lovely warming crumble with just a hint of cinnamon and orange that makes it just delicious!
Oaty Plum and Cinnamon Crumble
- 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
- Wash the plums, cut each into quarters and remove the stone – then cut each quarter into half again
- Place in an ovenproof dish, sprinkle over the sugar, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of orange juice and stir to mix
- 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
- Add the oats and blitz for a couple of seconds more to just mix the oats in but not chop them up too much
- Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the plums and spread out evenly
- Cook in the oven at 190.C for 30 – 40 minutes until browned on top
- Serve with custard – of course!