Yummy Plum and Banana Crumble

December 14, 2011

This crumble is absolutely delicious and so simple to make. The bananas effuse an incredible toffee-like flavour and the tartness of the plums perfectly counter-balance the sweetness of the crumble mixture - all in all this is a delightful dessert!

If I'm serving crumble to guests at a dinner party I like to make individual portions in ramekins. The ramekins bestow the crumble with an elegance that just can't be achieved when the crumble is served at the table and often ends up being dolloped onto guests dessert plates!


 Serves: 8                                                                                                                                       Difficulty Level: Easy

150g Plain (All Purpose) Flour
150g Demerara Sugar
150g Butter or Margarine, cold and cut into small cubes
4 Medium Bananas
12 Medium, Ripe Red Plums
12 tsp Caster Sugar
8 Drops Vanilla Essence
4 tsp Cornflour
8 Ramekins

1. Preheat your oven to 220°C

2. Place the flour, demerara sugar and butter into your food processor (I use my Magimix, with the silver cutting blade) and pulse until the mixture forms a crumble with slightly larger and smaller clumps. Set to one side.

N.B. You can do this by hand by rubbing the butter and flour together and then stirring in the sugar. You can also freeze the topping at this stage and use from frozen in the future - simply increase your cooking time by 3 minutes.

3. Chop the plums into 8ths and place the equivalent of 1 ½ plums into each ramekin.

4. Chop the bananas into medium slices and place the equivalent of ½ a banana on top of the plums in the ramekins.

5. Sprinkle the fruit in each ramekin with a drop of vanilla essence, ½ tsp of cornflour and 1 ½ tsp caster sugar.

6. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the fruit and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. I tend to make and bake these crumbles in advance and then simply reheat them prior to serving. If you have any crumble topping left over you can freeze it and use it for next time.

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