Using up: plums and a pear
As I’ve mentioned before, we’re not good with fruit. we buy it, and are full of good intentions, but somehow we don’t actually *eat* it when we should. So there was a punnet of six lovely golden plums sat by the fruit bowl, *looking* at me. And a lone pear.
I cut the plums in half and removed their stones, and cut the pears into eighths; I’m afraid peeling wasn’t on the agenda. I put the fruit in an ovenproof dish with about a tablespoon of water, then zapped it in the microwave for 2.5 minutes to start it cooking. Then I added quite a bit of fresh grated ginger.
Crumble is easy – 2 parts flour (or equivalent*) to 1 part fat and 1 part sugar. On this occasion, I used 5 oz of flour and 1 of walnuts, and whizzed it in the food processor with the butter, then added the sugar. Put it on the fruit, pat it down, cook at gas mark 4 for about 40 minutes. We ate it with good vanilla ice cream.
*Other things to substitute for some flour are porridge oats, or ground walnuts.