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An easy plum, pear and ginger crumble

If you have a glut of fruit from the season, turn them into this warming crumble.

  • 25 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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A fruit crumble shows off the fruit of the season in the best way, and is a great way to get through a surplus. A scopp of ice-cream on the side, or a drizzle of cream, is a must, too.


  • Butter, for greasing
  • 5 ripe plums, halved, stones removed
  • 3 ripe but firm pears, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • Vanilla-bean ice-cream or cream, to serve
  • 200 gm (1⅓ cup) plain flour
  • 150 gm butter, diced
  • 50 gm caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 pinches of ground cloves


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220°C. Grease a 1.5-litre baking dish with butter, add fruit and lemon juice, and sprinkle with sugar.
  • 2
    For crumble, combine ingredients in a bowl and rub butter in with your fingers until clumps form. Scatter crumble over fruit and bake until golden and bubbling (20-25 minutes). Serve warm with ice-cream.