Our local farmer’s market has a good selection of early plums, and I snagged some Early Goldens and Damsons, both of which are quite small by plum standards. Their stones are easily removed, and they’re also quite tart—perfect for baking. I combined them with some peaches to dial up the sweetness, but the combination was still quite tart, a factor about which the adults in the family are enthusiastic—the granddaughters—not so much. There were a lot of wrinkled noses among the small fry.

Accordingly, this crumble got a hearty thumbs up from all the grownups and was largely left untouched by the little ones. They hoovered back the ice cream in short order, however.


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Plum and Peach Crumble

A lovely crumble with just the right combination of sweet topping and tangy fruit.

  • Total Time: 60


  • 112 g or ¾ c chopped walnuts
  • 240 g or 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 150 g or ¾ c light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 5 ml or 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ml or ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 170 g or 6 oz unsalted butter, cut into ½” cubes
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 908 g or 2 lbs firm, ripe plums, pitted and quartered lengthwise
  • 454 g or 1 lb  firm, ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into ½” slices


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F convection bake or 375º F regular bake.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the walnuts until finely chopped. Add the flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg; pulse to combine. Add the butter in a few batches, pulsing to mix each batch and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the egg yolk and pulse until the mixture just clings together with some pea-sized crumbles. Set aside.
  3. Spread the plums and peaches in an 11″ tart pan.
  4. Sprinkle the crumble topping mixture evenly over the fruit.
  5. Bake until the top is lightly browned and the fruit juices are bubbling (40–50 minutes). Remove from the oven and let cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • Vanilla ice cream makes a wonderful accompaniment.
  • Author: Helen Kain
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 40


  • Serving Size: 10