Plum Crumble

Plum Crumble with cinnamon, comfort food, school dinnersFaced with a punnet of plums that needed using up and not having made a plum crumble for an absolute age I set about making this recipe taking elements from here and there. I think the reason I don’t make crumble all the time is the thought of the rubbing in the butter and flour but I forget that my stick blender and jug double up as a food processor and a few pulses in there make a very good crumble topping. Splashing on some water at the end and giving the dish a good shake also gives those nice clumps on the top that I fondly remember from the crumbles I had at junior school. Indeed this was my favourite pudding at school and I was lucky enough to have a friend who hated it so I’d ask her to get a portion so that I could have more – it was that good! Those were the days when school dinners cost 7p and I remember thinking how cheap that was 3 ½ p per course!

Comfort food, cinnamon, school dinner

As this dessert is so cheap to make I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with the wonderful Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and is this month being hosted by our lovely friend Angela over at My Golden Pear. I am also entering Javelins Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays event as my pud is totally made from scratch. As I used up my plums and didn’t waste them I’m also entering the No Waste Food Challenge run by the newly married  Elizabeth of Elizabeth’s Kitchen and this month being hosted by my good chum Fiona over at London Unattached.

Comfort food, cinnamon, school dinner

Can you remember your favourite school dinners and how much they were? Do let me know in the comments below!


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A classic Plum Crumble with added almonds in the topping and cinnamon with the plums for a truly delicious and comforting pudding.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 550g Dessert plums, stoned & halved
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 35g Soft light brown sugar
  • Crumble topping:
  • 175g Light brown self raising or plan flour (or mix of Wholemeal & White flour)
  • 100g Butter
  • 50g Demerara sugar
  • 50g Granulated sugar
  • 40g Flaked almonds
  1. Pre-heat oven to 190°C
  2. Place plums in a dish (about 21cm x 16cm).
  3. Mix the corn flour, sugar and cinnamon together, sprinkle over the plums and then drizzle on the water.
  4. Make the crumble by putting all the crumble topping ingredients in a food processor and blitz on and off until resembles fine crumbs.
  5. Pour the crumble over the plums, spread out with a fork.
  6. Splash a few teaspoons of water over the top then agitate the dish to form clumps.
  7. Bake in the oven until golden for about 40 minutes.
  8. Serve with custard or ice cream.

Comfort food, cinnamon, school dinner

Comfort food at its best:-)

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  1. Margaret Gallagher

    Such a warming hearty treat for this time of year
    Looks delicious

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Margaret:-)

  2. Ursula Hunt

    Its such a shame, my plum crop has been poor this year

    1. Camilla

      Oh no!

  3. Kirsty Fox

    I’ve never tried plum crumble but it sounds and looks delicious, plus I notice it contains cinnamon, my favourite spice!

  4. Heather Haigh

    I’ve never thought of putting plums in a crumble. But I will now,. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Really, it was one of my favourite puds at junior school:-)

  5. Paul Wilson

    Plums do make an excellent crumble.

  6. David C

    Yummy 😛

  7. Jane Middleton

    Looks yummy, love a crumble and plums make a great crumble

  8. Anne Dalzell

    It’s such a windy, blustery day today, this plum crumble with loads of warm custard would be perfect.

  9. anita casu

    Ooh, I’ve only ever made apple or rhubarb crumble. I’ll be trying this out next 🙂

    1. Camilla


  10. William Gould

    Plum crumble Is one of my favourite puds!

  11. Marie Evans

    I love Plums,I have never thought to add Cinnamon before will have to give that a try when i next make Plum Crumble thanks.

  12. Geoff Clark

    I have always liked crumbled and this one is delicious

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, so pleased you like it:-)

  13. Heather Haigh

    This adapts very well to gluten free and is delicious.

    1. Camilla

      Oh I am glad:-)

  14. Ursula Hunt

    Love crumble and custard,very heartwarming

  15. Elizabeth

    Just prepared a slight variation of this for pud tonight using up plums, pears, apples and some blueberries. Ran out of cinnamon this morning so I mixed nutmeg in with the topping and added a handful of porridge oats for texture. Looking forward to eating it! 🙂 You might want to fix your recipe though as some of the crumble topping ingredients are in the fruit section. I’m assuming the flour and brown sugar get processed along with everything else?

    1. Camilla

      Hi Elizabeth thanks for pointing that out. It was just the flour that had strayed into the fruit section – all fixed now:-)

  16. Tracy Nixon

    Re-tweeted so my brothers and sister will see!

  17. Tracy Nixon

    Tweeted to my friends thank you!

  18. Heather Haigh

    I really do want some of this right now. mmmmmmmmm

  19. Helen Bailey

    Crumble is something else I haven’t had in ages and I’ve got some cooking apples to use too, mmmmm.

  20. Maya Russell

    Apple crumble and plum crumble were always my favourite puddings at school. They’re very easy to do and so yummy.

  21. Tracy Nixon

    Love puddings like this on cold days like today!

  22. Fish fingers for tea

    Oh! I haven’t had a crumble in ages and really need to rectify that quickly. I love plum crumble (and yours looks delicious!) but have a real soft spot for good old apple.

    1. Camilla

      I like apple to and my childhood favourite was Apple & Blackberry from school – never had one as good since!

  23. Rachel K @MarmadukeS

    I think I could eat this all day and every day; my absolute favourite pudding in the world!

    1. Camilla

      Me too – thanks for popping by:-)

  24. Javelin Warrior

    I think crumbles are the ultimate comforting dessert because they’re SO easy and they’re SO delicious! Whenever I’m short on time and I just want something sweet, this is a must… I’ve never tried it with plums, but I can imagine it is fantastic…

    1. Camilla

      They are Mark – evoke so many memories of childhood:-)

  25. Anne Wallwin

    that looks sooo yummy!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)


    This looks delicious – can’t wait to try it 🙂

  27. Ursula Hunt

    one of my favourite puddings, especially with double cream

    1. Camilla

      Naughty but nice:-)

  28. Angela

    I am in complete agreement – this is a fab winter pudding but I have to have mine with a big dollop of clotted cream 🙂 My plums are in the fridge just waiting to be turned into such deliciousness.

    1. Camilla

      Mmm, never had clotted cream with a hot pudding:-)

  29. Julie's Family Kitchen

    Your crumble looks really delicious. I always enjoy crumble with custard, I think that’s a perfect combination.

  30. Paul Wilson

    I lovely, hot crumble would be just the ticket on a day like today.

  31. Chris

    I would gladly take a bowl of that crumble at any time.

  32. Beverley

    Looks gorgeous!

  33. Deena Kakakya

    I love a good crumble Camilla, but I haven’t yet tried plum…I will be doing so soon x

    1. Camilla


  34. Laura Wilce

    Looks delicious! A perfect cosy dessert!

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