Now it's got a a bit chillier, the time has come for those classic warming winter puddings- crumble is one of my favourite! And in my opinion, there is no better than my mum's (although I suppose I am a bit biased). She makes it with a nice chewy textured topping and sweet fruit in side. The filling varies from apple, plum and apple and blackberry-really whatever needs using and what is in season. So I nicked the recipe off of her and had a go at making it myself and it was really nice but not as good as mums (maybe she has magic fingertips?) This does create quite a big crumble but when there's two crumble-lovers in the house, it never lasts long!
For the belly warmer you'll need:
170g (6oz) Plain Flour
170g (6oz) Brown Sugar plus extra
170g (6oz) Margarine, cubed
6 Plums (or enough to half fill your dish when they are halved)
Preheat the oven to 180oC/356oF/Gas Mark 4.
In a bowl, mix together the flour and brown sugar. For the crumble topping, add the margarine, and using your fingertips, rub the flour mixture into the margarine, creating a breadcrumbs consistency.
Wash the plums and cut them in half. Remove the stones and place into your dish. Sprinkle on 2-3 heaped tablespoons of brown sugar on top and a tablespoon of water.
Put the crumble topping on top of the fruit and bake in the oven for 35 minutes, until the crumble is golden brown.
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