Try this grown-up twist on a comforting apple crumble, or try our apple crumble, pear crumble, apple and blackberry crumble and plum crumble. Also discover how to make your own sloe gin and sloe gin cake. If you aren't able to forage for sloe berries, then read our guide on what are sloe berries and where to buy them.


  • 1kg ripe plums, halved and stoned
  • 1 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 100ml sloe gin
  • to serve ice cream or single or cream


  • 225g plain flour
  • 125g cold butter, diced
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 50g light muscovado sugar
  • 50g demerara sugar


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Tip the plums into a baking dish and sprinkle over the muscovado sugar and cornflour. Mix together well, then drizzle over the sloe gin, plus 2 tbsp of water. Cover the dish with foil, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

  • STEP 2

    While the fruit is cooking, make the topping by putting the flour in a mixing bowl and use your fingers to rub through the butter until all the big chunks have disappeared and the mix is crumbly. Stir through the mixed spice, cinnamon and both brown sugars with a pinch of salt.

  • STEP 3

    Remove the foil from the fruit and increase the oven temp to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Scatter the crumble topping over the plums, then cook for another 30 minutes until it’s golden and crisp.

  • STEP 4

    Let the crumble sit for 5 minutes before serving, then serve with vanilla ice cream or ice-cold single cream.


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