Sugar plum crumble

Sugar plum crumble
Sugar plum crumble Photo: Marco del Grande

But the sugar plum is also a real fruit. It's a small to medium-sized, grape-shaped plum with red to dark red skin and sweet yellow-green flesh. As a stone fruit it's a late arrival but, because it takes its time to ripen, the sugar plum is one of the sweetest of all the Prunus family.


150g of plain flour

50g almond meal

150g sugar

50g dark brown sugar

1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp of ground cardamom

120g of melted butter

1kg of sugar plums


Preheat the oven to 190C.

In a bowl, whisk together 150g of plain flour, 50g almond meal, 100g sugar, 50g dark brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground cardamom. Slowly drizzle in 120g of melted butter and mix with a fork until it forms small crumbs. Break up any large crumbs so that none is bigger than 1cm. Pit and quarter 1kg of sugar plums and toss in a bowl with 50g of sugar. Spoon the plums into buttered individual ovenproof moulds and sprinkle the crumbs evenly on top.

Bake for 30 minutes until the fruit is bubbling and the crumble is crisp.