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Plum Crumble Made with English Plums

English plums cooked under a sweet, buttery oat crust are a perfect combination for this dessert in our late summer menu.

  • Vegetarian
  • Preparation time:15 minutes
  • Cooking time:45 minutes
  • Total time:1 hour 60 minutes

Serves: 6


  • 1kg English plums, stoned and quartered
  • 175g Waitrose Unrefined Demerara Sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 175g plain flour
  • 150g firm, slightly salted butter, cut into pieces
  • 50g porridge oats


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Scatter the plum quarters in a 1-litre shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the sugar, the lemon juice and 125ml cold water.
  2. Place the flour in a food processor and add the butter. Blend until the butter is incorporated into the flour and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the remaining sugar and the oats and pulse briefly until the mixture begins to cling together.
  3. Tip the crumble over the plums, spreading it almost to the edges of the dish (it looks more appetising if the plums are just showing around the edges). Bake for about 45 minutes until the crumble is pale golden brown. Serve with Cornish clotted cream or Waitrose Fresh Vanilla Custard.
  4. To make ahead, put the plums, sugar, lemon juice and water in the dish up to 2 hours ahead and cover. Make the crumble mixture, cover and chill but keep separately. Scatter over the plums just before baking. The crumble layer can also be made by hand. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until it look likes chunky breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar and oats.

433927 Ariyanas Naturalmente Dulce £19.99 - Spain, sweet

This is a sweet wine with delicate balancing freshness. The Moscatel of Alejandria grapes are dried in the sun for five days after harvest to concentrate the flavours and sugars.

Plum and Oatmeal Madeira Cake

Plums are only in season until late September - so make the most of them with this moist, buttery and very moreish loaf cake. If you use oats rather than oatmeal, the texture will be more coarse, but will taste just as delicious.

  • Vegetarian
  • Preparation time:20 minutes
  • Cooking time:About 1 hour
  • Total time:About 1 hour, 20 minutes 60 minutes 20 minutes

Makes: 8 slices


  • 250g English plums, such as Victoria or Opals
  • 100g butter, softened
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange, plus 3-4 tsp juice
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 50g medium oatmeal or Mornflake Pure Organic Oats
  • 100g icing sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Grease a 450g loaf tin and line with non-stick baking parchment, making sure that the paper comes at least 1cm above the rim of the tin. Halve and stone the plums and cut into chunky slices.
  2. Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter, orange zest and sugar in a large bowl until very pale and creamy. Gradually add the egg, mixing well after each addition, and sprinkle in a tablespoon of the flour with the last of the egg. Sift the remaining flour and the baking powder into the bowl, add the oatmeal or oats and gently stir in with a wooden spoon.
  3. Stir in two-thirds of the plums and tip the mixture into the loaf tin, spreading it level with the back of a spoon. Scatter the remaining plums over the surface. Bake for about 1 hour or until the surface feels firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 20 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool a little.
  4. Beat together the icing sugar and enough orange juice to make a smooth paste that just holds its shape. Drizzle the icing over the top of the cake and leave to cool completely.
  5. This recipe was first published on in September 2005.

769506 Harveys Signature 12 years old Sherry (sweet) £11.99

Inviting and mellow with notes of sandalwood, sweet spice, dried fruit and hazelnut. Intense nut, dried fruit and peel flavours, sweet rounded mouth feel.


LOVE life banana and chocolate energy bars

  • Preparation time:10 minutes
  • Cooking time:25 mins plus cooling
  • Total time:35 mins plus cooling

Makes: 20


2 small ripe bananas, mashed
120g low fat yogurt
2 medium Waitrose British Blacktail free range eggs, beaten
50g clear honey
100g LOVE life dates, chopped
50g Jordans natural wheatgerm
100g Duchy Originals from Waitrose organic stoneground wholemeal
plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
250g rolled oats
3 tbsp sunflower seeds
75g dark chocolate, chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Line a 23 x 32cm baking tin with baking parchment.

2. Mix together the bananas and yogurt, then stir in the eggs and honey until well blended.

3. Add the dates, wheatgerm, flour, baking powder and rolled oats and stir together well. Fold in the sunflower seeds and chopped chocolate.

4. Spread the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes until nicely browned and cooked through. Cut in half lengthways, then cut into bars. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

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