Plum and apple crumble

Ben ODonoghue's fruity dessert of cooked apples, plums and blackberries topped with spiced crumble topping with oats, seeds and dried fruit
By Ben O'Donoghue
Plum and apple crumble
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  • Serves: 8
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 750g cooking apples, preferably Bramley
  • 440 g caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 500 g cherry plums
  • 500 g mirabelle plums
  • 500 g satsuma plums, cut in half and stone removed
  • 1 punnet blackberries

For the crumble mix

  • 150 g unsalted butter, cold
  • 450 g plain flour
  • 300 g soft brown sugar
  • 200 g rolled oats
  • 50 g linseed seeds
  • 50 g sunflower seeds
  • 50 g coconut flakes
  • 50 g pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 90 g chopped dried fruit
  • ice cream or custard, to serve

Tips and Suggestions

If you can't find Ben's exotic mix of plums, just use a mix of the plums available in your local shop


1. Place the cut apple pieces into a large frying pan with half of the sugar and the juice of 1 lemon. Over a medium heat gently stew until the apple is tender and a little fluffy around the edges. Add a little water if the mixture is dry and not cooking evenly. Once cooked, remove from the heat into a large bowl.

2. Place the plums into the same pan with the remaining sugar and add about two tablespoons of water and gently simmer until the plums just begin to soften. Remove from the heat and add to the apple.

3. Add the blackberries to the fruit mixture and then fill a baking dish with the fruit mixture.

4. For the crumble mix: rub the butter into the flour with the tips of your fingers until it resembles very coarse sand. Combine with the brown sugar, oats and the seeds, spices, coconut and dried fruit.

5. Spread the top of the fruit mixture with a loose but thick coat of the crumble mixture and then bake at 180C/160C fan/gas 4 for 20-25 minutes.?

6. Serve hot or warm with ice cream or custard.

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