If there’s one thing I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s this Plum Apple Crumble! And I urge you to do the same. 😛
You know what’s the best way to end a day spent hitting the best stores for clothes, shoes and accessories? GROCERY SHOPPING! I know I sound like an oldie, but seriously, there’s something about picking up fresh produce, milk, eggs and bread that gives a day spent in trial rooms a rather wholesome end. Plus, shopping is when I work out the most (all that walking!!), and then I step into a grocery store and proudly reward myself with the healthiest of food choices. 😛 (Don’t judge me, I’m not crazy.)
But what’s especially great about a late-evening grocery run is stumbling upon fresh plums. I’m talking glossy, ruby red, plump, fleshy plums. And instantly the ideas start rolling, and before I know it, I’ve settled on making a Plum Apple Crumble with these fresh plums and some apples that have been sitting in the fridge for God knows how long.
On my way home I’m already plotting the next day – this gorgeous fruit tucked into super cute aqua-sea green ramekins (that I simply had to have!) with a crunchy golden streusel on top. The shoot is all set up in my head. I’m already reeling with excitement – this dessert is going to bring me some freshness and joy; and I hope the shoot is about to pull me out of a creative rut!
She shoots. She scoresssss! Yes, as I imagined, these little Plum Apple Crumbles turned out beautifully, and the photography, well, I’m happy with it, but I’ll let you be the judge of that. Without further ado, let’s get into the kitchen and get baking…
This recipe makes 4 mini Plum Apple Crumbles. Here’s what you need:
For the filling:
- Fresh Plum – 2, sliced (220 g)
- Fresh Apple – 2, sliced thinly (250 g)
- Granulated Sugar – 60 g
- All Purpose Flour – 1 tbsp
- Cinnamon Powder – 3/4 tsp
- Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
- Salt – a pinch
For the streusel:
- All Purpose Flour – 1/2 cup (80 g)
- Granulated Sugar – 3 tbsp
- Unsalted Butter – 3 tbsp
Here’s how to make these vibrant fruit crumbles:
- Make the filling: Preheat the oven to 180 ºC/ 355 ºF. Place the sliced plums, apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon powder, lemon juice and salt in a bowl. Mix together until flour completely dissolves. Spoon the filling into ramekins until three-quarters of the way full.
- Make the streusel: In a large bowl, place flour, sugar and butter. Using a pastry cutter or by rubbing between your fingers, break the butter into the flour. Do this until the butter is evenly mixed into the flour and the streusel resembles the texture of coarse, slightly damp sand. Spoon or sprinkle the streusel over the fruit filling.
- Bake the Plum Apple Crumbles: Place the filled ramekins on a cookie sheet and pop it into the oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the filling is bubbling and dribbling over and the streusel is golden and crisp. You may also place the ramekins under the broiler function for the last 5 minutes to ensure the crumble is crunchy.
- Serve: Remove the crumbles from the oven and let them cool until lukewarm. Serve as is, or topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
A splash of summer in this grey and gloom of monsoon is always welcome; and that’s what these Plum Apple Crumbles were – a dazzling splash of summer. That sadly didn’t last very long, because I couldn’t stop eating them!
The crisp, crackling, buttery streusel, giving way to an oozing, juicy, gooey filling; sweetness and tartness and tonnes of texture all the way – it’s all textbook perfect. With the plum lending that signature stone-fruit zing and the apples, sweet and supple, bringing bite and body, this filling is foolproof, and divine at that.
Can I let you in on a secret? I winged it. All of it. I didn’t refer to a recipe. I’ve made crumbles before, but I’ve never used a recipe, and that’s probably why I love making them so much. I had this gorgeous fruit that deserved to be celebrated, and this other fruit that deserved to be eaten. So I chopped them up, added a bit of sugar, some cinnamon and lemon juice. Because I wanted the streusel to maintain it’s crunch, I needed to thicken the juices that the fruits would release upon baking, so in went a tablespoon of flour.
For the crumble, I used my hands to crumb butter, sugar and flour until it resembled coarse sand, then spooned it over the sliced fruit sitting in the ramekins, and into the oven the crumbles went for about 45 minutes, until bubbly and oozing over with a golden top!
The good news? They are irresistible. I don’t know anyone who can say no to these lush cups of fruity goodness. I mean, seriously; look at them! For the conscious eaters, there are several ways to healthify these treats. The sugar mixed in with the fruit can be substituted with coconut sugar or honey. And oat flour or whole grain flour can be used in place of all purpose flour. I do recommend sticking to butter for the crumb, as I find that it creates the best crunch. Also, the streusel can use a healthy boost with the addition of rolled oats, some flax and sunflower seeds, maybe?
The options are endless, and all entirely up to you. Like me, you can wing it too! Just make sure the streusel isn’t too wet or too dry, and remember to regulate the amount of sugar depending on the sweetness of the fruit, and you’re good to go!
Dear Reader, I mean it when I say, get baking now! This dessert is easy, really really easy. And kid-friendly too. Make these Plum Apple Crumbles. And dive right in. You deserve it! ❤
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