This plum crumble, otherwise known as a plumble, is infused with spicy mulled wine. The ideal Christmas dessert, this sweet hails from the Pieminister cookbook.

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Mulled wine and plums make an irresistible combination in a crumble. This is a great dish to have up your sleeve when friends or family come round with a bagful of ripe and juicy plums.

Serves 10


1 bottle of red wine
300 g soft brown sugar
6 cloves
A piece of cassia bark or a cinnamon stick
2 star anise
10 allspice berries
A thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, roughly sliced
1 vanilla pod, slit open lengthwise
1.5kg plums, stoned and quartered
For the crumble topping:
300 g plain fl our
200 g rolled oats
150 g caster sugar
250 g lightly salted butter, cut into cubes


Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Put the plums into a large pan and strain the red wine on to them, discarding the spices. Bring to a simmer, then cover and cook gently for about 10 minutes, until the plums just start to break up a little. Remove them with a slotted spoon and set aside. Boil the liquid until reduced by half again to make a sticky syrup.

For the crumble topping, put all the ingredients into a bowl and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs.

Divide the plums between 10 cups (don’t use your best china!), pour about a tablespoon of syrup over each one and scatter over the crumble mixture. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15–20 minutes, until lightly browned. Serve with ice cream or custard and any leftover plum juices.

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