Plum & Blackberry Spiced Maple Crumble
I am not much of a dessert person, but heaps of plums & blackberries in the fridge, I thought I’d see if they would work well in a crumble. The tartness of the fruit, mixed so well with the maple sugar & spices, with a amazing crispy spice crumb topping. This crumble could convert me to a dessert person!
I can’t believe I’ve never made one before, such an easy way to use up fruit, and also allergy friendly. My husband loves apple crumble, but I find them too sweet, this combinations is perfect, I will be making them more often now. And homemade tastes so much better than store bought ones.
I based the recipe around this one I found for a plum, berry & lavender crisp, which I would love, but my husband doesn’t like lavender in food (I don’t understand not liking lavender, it is so good!!). I adjusted it for what I had on hand, and used maple sugar instead of refined granulated sugar. I’ve had it in the cupboard waiting for a time to be able to use it, since I don’t make much sweet food. I loved the flavour it gave the crumble, so would definitely stick with using it in future.
Ingredients (makes 1 large or 6 individual serves)
- 750g plums (I used a mix of president & sugar plums), seed removed, cut into slices
- 250g blackberries
- 1/2 cup maple sugar (or sugar of choice, maple is sweeter, so use less of other types)
- 1/2 cup gluten free plain flour (of normal if gluten isn’t an issue)
- 1 tspn vanilla extract
- 1 tspn cinnamon
- 1/2 tspn all spice
- 1/2 tspn nutmeg
- 1 1/3 cup rolled oats (I use uncontiminated GF oats)
- 1 cup gluten free plain flour
- 3/4 cup maple sugar
- 1 tspn all spice
- 1 tspn nutmeg
- 1/2 tspn salt
- 120g cold unsalted butter (or dairy free butter for dairy free, eg. nutelex), cut into small cubes
- Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celcius
- In a saucepan, over a low-medium heat, add all the ingredients in the fruit mixture and stir until just softened and well combined.
- Put the mixture into ramekins or baking dish, only 2/3 high, it bubbles up
- In a mixing bowl, add all the crumble ingrediens except the butter, and mix to combine. Add the butter a few pieces at a time, and using your fingers, grind the dry ingredients into the butter, until is resembles crumble
- Sprinkle a good amount of the crumble over the fruit mixture, completely covering it.
- Place in the oven for approx 20 mins, until the fruit is bubbling, and the crumple is crisp and golden.
- Serve with ice-cream or custard.
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