How to make greengage crumble

How to make greengage crumble

How to make greengage crumble

30 July 2015

How to make greengage crumble

A crumble is one of the most simple English desserts to make and what better way to use up the abundance of greengage plums hanging from the trees in August and September. You may need to adjust the amount of sugar used in this recipe depending on how ripe the fruit is; riper fruit will need less sugar.




  • 1kg greengage plums
  • 100g of brown sugar
  • 200g of plain flour
  • 100g of unsalted butter, cold and diced
  • 100g of brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 180˚C/gas mark 4
Wash the greengages, cut them in half and remove the stones
Place in an ovenproof baking dish and sprinkle with the sugar
In a large bowl, rub together the flour, butter and sugar with your fingertips until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs
Pour the mixture on top of the greengages and bake for around 45 minutes until the crumble is golden brown


For an interesting toffee flavour try substituting the brown sugar in the crumble topping for bittersweet muscovado or molasses.

For a lovely, nutty crunch add chopped hazelnuts, walnuts or pecans to the crumble or substitute some of the flour for almond flour.

Serving suggestions

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as Marcus Wareing does in his Apple crumble or dollop of custard as Dominic Chapman does in his Gooseberry crumble recipe.

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