Apples and plums
September brings the end of summer here in the East of Scotland and a definate chill in the air. At this time of year, my mind turns to think of comfort food and the variety of fruits coming into their best.
Plums seem to be everywhere right now, hanging heavy on local trees and stacked by the punnet and tray full on offer in the shops. Lovely eaten on there own, but their deep, earthy and sweet flavours taste even better heated through in a dish and enhanced with a background of spice.
Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan) gas mark 6
Halve and stone the plums, then roughly chop and put into a large pan
Peel and core the apples, roughly chop, then add to the pan along with the brown or caster sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and 5 tablespoons of water
Place a lid on the pan and heat gently until the apples are becoming more soft
Empty the fruit into a shallow, ovenproof serving dish and leave aside for now
In a large bowl, mix the flour and butter, rubbing together with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Mix in the oats and ground almonds, then sprinkle the topping over the fruit.
Place into the oven for 25-30min or until the crumble is golden on top. Serve straight away
Plums are at there best in the autumn months, they are a source of fibre, potassium and vitamin A
Apples are a great source of dietary fibre, as well as a source of vitamins C, A and B-6. They are also a prebiotic, which means they provide a great source of food for our beneficial gut bacteria.
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