Orchard harvest: this simple plum crumble sums up the season
It’s British Food Fortnight (lovebritishfood.co.uk to find out what’s going on in your area) and to celebrate we’ve got a recipe for the most classic homespun dessert of them all. Nothing quite signals the arrival of autumn like the smell of that first crumble coming out of the oven. But move over apples: gorgeous homegrown plums and damsons are in season right now and they really are the stars of the show when topped with comforting crumble. To serve 4-6 depending on your portions, you will need…
For the fruity base:
4–5 tbsp caster sugar
For the crumble topping:
75g unsalted butter, chilled
175g plain flour
pinch of salt
50g caster sugar
1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and set a baking tray on the middle shelf to heat.
2 Cut the plums in half and remove the stones, then cut the halves into quarters if they are very large. Toss them with the sugar and tip them into an ovenproof baking dish.
3 To make the crumble topping, rub the butter into the flour with the salt until it resembles rough breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
4 Lightly scatter the topping mixture over the plums. Place the dish on the baking tray in the oven and bake for 40–45 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve warm with cream or custard.
*Recipe from Clever One Pot (£7.99), the latest book in the Dairy Cookbook series. Featuring 100 delicious recipes for fuss-free food, it’s available to buy for £7.99 online dairydiary.co.uk, by calling 0845 0948 128 or from your local milkman.
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