Best Ever Plum Crumble

 I discovered crumbles not long time ago, but immediately fall in love. Thank to the British for this amazing, simple and absolutely delicious dish! I’ve already tried various sweet crumble recipes – with peaches, mixed berried, pears.. I love them all! But.. Once I stumbled upon a new crumble recipe by James Martin, he is a well-known English chef; the recipe called for plums, spices and wine. And what do you think – it’s the best crumble I’ve ever made and tried! Plums with spices sautéed in red wine remind me mulled wine, and it’s incredibly tasty! This crumble is very aromatic and delicious even without ice cream on top! I slightly adapted the recipe – added oats and chopped nuts, walnuts and/or pistachios is a nice crunchy addition here.Plum crumble

Best ever plum crumble

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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20g butter
7-8 dark plums, halved, stones removed
1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 star anise
a pinch of fresh nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
20ml water
60ml red wine
2-3 tbsp golden syrup (I used honey)
2-3 tbsp brown or raw sugar
Crumble topping
50g plain flour
30g oat flour or fine oats
2 tbsp demerara sugar
40g butter, softened
2-3 tbsp chopped pistachios or walnuts
To serve
vanilla ice cream
  1. Preheat oven to 200C.
  2. Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the plums and fry for a few minutes.
  3. Add the split vanilla pod, star anise, nutmeg and cinnamon stick to the pan. Add the water, red wine, honey and sugar and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes, until the plums break down to a thick sauce. Transfer plums with sauce to one or 2 individual baking dish.
  4. For the crumble topping, mix the flours and sugar together in a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in chopped nuts.
  5. Sprinkle the crumble over the plums and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden-brown.
  6. Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving with ice-cream.

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  1. I love crumble and this one looks spectacular! The spices really make it unique but I can see how they’d bring out the flavor of the fruit. I would never have thought to use star anise, but it’s brilliant!

  2. Bonnie Eng says:

    I love how there are oats and demerara sugar in the topping…I bet the texture is great. If I find some good looking plums at the market today I’ll try this…thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  3. MamaD1xx4xy says:

    Plums and wine, this has got to be incredibly delicious! Wish we could get our plums to grow, time to get another tree to get the female/male germination going. I will make this soon I think!

  4. Nancy says:

    I can’t get enough plums when they’re in season and this looks like a delicious use for them! The use of wine sounds great. I’ll give this crumble a try when I can get my hands on some good plums! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Mila!

  5. polianthus says:

    Reblogged this on polianthus and commented:
    Just found this on milk and bun – love the combination of plums and star aniseed, wanted to store the recipe, and what better way of showing admiration, and storing the recipe for future reference is there, than reblogging? Well I don’t know!

  6. MyKabulKitchen says:

    I love crumble for how simple it is!! Such an easy dessert to whip up, and your version with plums looks divine 🙂

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