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Joy of baking

Apple-plum crumble

(Catherine Smart for The Boston Globe)
October 28, 2009

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Serves 8

Fruit crumbles are warm and comforting. Look for Cortlands, Macouns, or any apple variety suitable for baking. Here, they’re mixed with plums and covered with an oatmeal topping.

TOPPING

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. In a large bowl combine the oats, flour, sugar, butter, and salt. With your fingertips, work the butter into the dry ingredients until it forms pea-size lumps.

2. Refrigerate until ready to use.

FILLING

Butter (for the dish)
10 baking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch wedges
1 pound plums, cut into 1-inch wedges
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup maple syrup
1. Set oven at 375 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

2. In a bowl, combine apples, plums, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Mix thoroughly.

3. Top the fruit with the oatmeal mixture. Bake the crumble for 50 minutes or until the top is brown and the mixture is bubbling at the edges. Serve with vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream. Catherine Smart