Do you like crumble? What about the combination of plums and ginger?
My friend makes a fantastic pear, apple and ginger crumble which we usually have after his wonderful shepherd’s pie. One day after a visit to the market I brought home a lot of plums. I used most of them to make a delicious plum crumble – so I repeated the recipe and included ginger in it and it turned out to be really good. Here’s the recipe…
Preparation Time: 30 to 50 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 to 40 minutes | Servings: 2 | Level: Easy
Ingredients: All you need is 100 gms of flour, 50 gms + 8 teaspoons sugar, a stem of ginger, some water, 3 plums and 30 gms cold butter.
Wash the ginger and place it on a chopping board.
Peel and slice the ginger.
Pour some water into a vessel and place it on a stove and heat it.
Add the ginger and turn up the heat and bring the water to a boil. Then turn the heat down and let it boil for another 10 to 15 minutes.
Fish out the ginger and add about six to eight teaspoons of sugar and dissolve it in the ginger water to make syrup. Then switch off the stove.
Wash your plums and place them on a chopping board.
Chop your plums.
Now prepare the crumble. Place the flour and sugar in a bowl and combine.
Add the cold butter. Make sure it is cold if you want a good crumbly texture.
Using a mixer or your hands mix till you get a crumbly texture. When you rub the mixture with your fingers it should feel grainy and crumbly. It should look like the above mixture.
Now take an empty bowl and grease it with butter.
Add the chopped plums to it.
Cover with sugar. You can add one or two teaspoons of the ginger syrup now itself. Otherwise you can add it at the end while you serve. If you want to add it now make sure you only add a tiny bit as adding too much moisture can make the crumble soggy. An alternative is to add crystallized ginger.
Add a layer of crumble over the plums and place it in an oven preheated to 180 C or 360 F or to a gas level of 4.
Bake for 15 to 35 minutes. It took me a short while as I placed it in two small dishes. If you place it in a large dish it might take more time. The best way to bake it is till the surface is golden brown and firm.
Pour some of the ginger syrup over the crumble – the best way to serve plum and ginger crumble is with custard, fresh cream or ice cream.
Hope you enjoy making and eating this crumble.
What did you think of the recipe? Have you made plum and ginger crumble before? Are there any tips you would like to share with us? Please leave your comments in the comments box below.