Plum Picking Produces Perfect Plumble

It’s the perfect time of year for cherry plums to be in season and our favourite tree on the outskirts of Bath is ripe for the picking! We popped out one evening and picked to our hearts delight using a makeshift hazel-pole-fruit-grabber.

With our fresh crop we made up a plum crumble (plumble?) for our friends which included the first couple of apples from the garden. They weren’t quite ripe but cooking them really brought out their sweetness.


250g plain flour

150g butter

80g caster sugar (add or subtract as you see fit)

2tsps seeds

½ lemon zest

2tsps buckwheat

½ cup jumbo rolled oats

FILLING – For the recipe I just added fruit until the dish was full



Ginger (to taste)


- Preheat your oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan/Gas Mark 6.

- Mix the flour, sugar and butter in a large bowl until it has the same consistency as breadcrumbs. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together.

- De-stone your plums, core your apples and chop up. Put into a baking tray with a bit of ginger (the amount depends entirely on how much you like it…) you won’t need to add any more sugar as all the sweetness of the fruit will come out in the cooking.

-Cover the fruit with the topping and bake for 35–40 minutes or until the topping has browned.

-Serve with clotted cream ice cream and a gin of your choice (we enjoy Curio Spirits Gin).

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