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.

SUITABLE FOR: gluten, egg, nut, soy free & vegetarian diets

Ingredients (makes 1 large or 6 individual serves)

Fruit Mixture:

  • 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


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celcius
  2. In a saucepan, over a low-medium heat, add all the ingredients in the fruit mixture and stir until just softened and well combined.
  3. Put the mixture into ramekins or baking dish, only 2/3 high, it bubbles up
  4. 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
  5. Sprinkle a good amount of the crumble over the fruit mixture, completely covering it.
  6. Place in the oven for approx 20 mins, until the fruit is bubbling, and the crumple is crisp and golden.
  7. Serve with ice-cream or custard.


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