The Super Quick & Easy Healthy and Humble Plum Crumble

Well, it feels like a crumble sort of a day

it’s cold,

it’s dreary,

and, it’s dank.

Fear not, a crumble will sort you out, if your heart has sank.

It’s cosy and warming to the core,

(that’s good to know as I’m chilled to the bone),

given today’s weather, a crumble certainly fits the tone.

A humble plum crumble with lashings of steaming hot custard.

The food equivalent of a roaring log fire; cosy and warming to the core,

here’s a super quick recipe, for when you walk through the door x

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serves: 6

Recipe —

For the plum compote


  • 800g plums (2x 400g punnet)
  • 300ml boiling water
  • 1 dessert spoon mixed spice
  • 2 whole star anise
  • Optional – 30g light brown sugar, or to taste


  • Remove the stones from the plums and rough chop
  • Pour the boiling water into a saucepan
  • Add any sugar and bring to the boil for 30 seconds
  • Now add the plums, mixed spice and star anise and simmer for around 10 minutes
  • Towards the end, stir gently until the compote thickens. Remove the star anise then pour into an oven safe gratin dish

For the crumble topping


  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • 50g rolled porridge oats
  • 30g light brown sugar
  • 75g vegan margarine (or regular butter if non-vegan, at room temperature, cut into pieces)

Custard, to serve (or see recipe below)


  • Now make the crumble topping. Start by heating your oven to 190C/ 170C fan/ gas mark 5
  • Add the flour, oats and sugar in to a large bowl and stir well to combine
  • Add the margarine by rubbing into the flour mix using your fingertips and being careful not to overwork the crumble or it will become heavy. Aim for a light breadcrumb texture
  • Spread the breadcrumbs over the plum compote and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the crumble topping has taken on a little colour

For the custard


  • 450ml soya milk (or, full-fat milk if you’re not vegan)
  • 2tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp organic cornflour
  • 2tbsp cold water


  • While the crumble is in the oven prepare the custard
  • Add the milk, vanilla extract and sugar to a saucepan and simmer
  • In a small bowl dissolve the cornflour in the water and add this to the saucepan, continuing to simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Whisk regularly to thicken the custard

When ready, pour into a custard jug then place in the centre of your table alongside the plum crumble and dig in! x

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Published by misterrands


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