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5 from 1 vote

Spiced plum, apple and red wine crumble

This sweet, satisfying dessert takes a step up from the average crumble with the decadent addition of red wine and mixed spice - a combination that adds depth to the flavour without being overpowering. These tweaks could also be ramped up nearer to Christmas for a very festive dessert.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Desserts and sweet treats
Keyword: apple, apples, crumble, fruit, fruit crumble, plum
Servings: 8
Author: Emily Leary


For the filling:

  • 12 ripe plums
  • 6 apples
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp golden granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 100 ml red wine I used a Cabernet-Shiraz

For the crumble:

  • 350 g wholemeal flour
  • 200 g cold slightly salted butter
  • 250 g golden granulated sugar
  • You'll also need a 30cm (12 in) casserole dish with lid capable of being used on the hob and in the oven.


  • Wash all of the fruit.
  • Stone the plums and cut into quarters. Peel and core the apples and chop into eighths.
  • In the dish, dissolve the golden sugar, butter and mixed spice in the wine. Allow it to come up to the boil - it should take 60-90 second to start thickening.
  • Throw in the fruit and 100ml (3.4 fl oz) water and stir until evenly coated.
  • Replace the lid and let the fruit bubble over a medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Make up the crumble by placing the butter, sugar and flour in a food processor and pulsing until you have an even crumb.
  • Spread evenly over the top of the crumble (don't pat down) and place in the oven with the lid off.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbling on top. Serve immediately with plenty of custard.