Plum and Blackberry Crumble for Thanksgiving #SundaySupper

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Desserts | 25 comments

Plum and Blackberry Crumble for Thanksgiving #SundaySupper

This #SundaySupper we’re holding a Thanksgiving party, hosted by Paula of  Vintage Kitchen Notes. I’m offering a festive Scottish twist on Thanksgiving, with a mulled-wine inspired Plum and Blackberry Crumble. As the nights draw in and the cold snap bites, there is no better time to be cosy inside a bright, fire-lit room with a table groaning with food.

I am so very thankful to the #SundaySupper group. Not only did Isabel and the #SundaySupper mission encourage me to start a food blog in the first place, the whole group is so supportive and kind – they are the online family I’ve never met. Last week, I injured my leg and as I sat awake in bed at 2am, feeling a little bit frightened, I posted in our Facebook group, asking my American friends to cheer me up, since every sane person in Britain was asleep at that hour. 

They immediately responded with jokes and kind words, which got me through that sleepless night. That’s what I love most about #SundaySupper – these friendships and the support we give each other that goes far beyond the remit of a loosely connected group of bloggers. We are a family, and we share our recipes around the virtual table each week. 

Thanksgiving as a celebration is a relatively new concept for me. I was introduced to it in the vaguest sense thanks to American movies and TV shows, but it’s only in the last couple of years, having a close American friend living in London, that I have started to celebrate it properly.

Plum and Blackberry Crumble

I have come to adore it. This year will be my third Thanksgiving, and I have been anticipating it for weeks. I love that the holiday is simply about being grateful for what you have, and the chance to celebrate that with dear friends or family and wonderful food. 

Now that I understand Thanksgiving a little bit, I wanted to bring some of my own heritage into a traditional American celebration. I hope you’ll forgive me for this sacrilege, but the main message of Thanksgiving seems to be to appreciate and celebrate all of humanity and to share in different cultures. So I’ve turned to my Scottish Heritage cookbook and developed this recipe based on a traditional plum crumble.

Oats are Scotland’s main grain, so they feature in many dishes. Here, they’re used in the crumble topping – and it was a revelation. The toasted oats make the crumble extra crunchy and lend a delicious, nutty flavour, which pairs well with the spiced fruit. 

To give it a festive feel – and because I had some red wine that needed using up – I created a mulled wine twist on the traditional recipe by poaching the plums in wine and mixed spices. The kitchen smelt heavenly while it was cooking – and there is just something about a warm, boozy pud which lifts the spirits like nothing else.

Boozy Plum Crumble

So if you’re looking for an alternative to Pumpkin Pie and want a dessert to warm the cockles, then try incorporating a bit of Scotland into your Thanksgiving celebrations. After all, the Scots are pretty expert in Winter food and parties.  

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope yours is joyful and delicious. 

Plum and Blackberry Crumble
Serves 6
A festive, mulled-wine inspired Plum and Blackberry Crumble
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Crumble Topping
  1. 50g plain flour (I used a gluten-free blend)
  2. 40g rolled oats (gluten-free certified)
  3. 50g butter
  4. 35g brown sugar
  5. 1tsp mixed spice
  1. 350g plums, halved and stoned
  2. 200g blackberries
  3. 30g brown sugar
  4. 4 tbsps/1 good glug red wine
  5. 1 tbsp water
  6. 1 tsp each of mixed spice, ginger, cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Scatter oats on a baking tray and toast in oven for 3-4 minutes until they start to release a nutty aroma. Set to one side.
  2. Put the plums in the pan with the water and sugar and place over a low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the wine and spices and bring to the boil. Poach until the plums are just beginning to soften. Add the blackberries and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  3. Put all the crumble ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine lightly with your fingertips. Stir through with a fork so that it doesn't clump together.
  4. Ladle the fruit and juices into a baking dish and cover evenly with the crumble mixture. Bake for 20-30 mins until the topping is golden and crunchy.
  5. Serve warm with cream or custard.
  1. Most of the alcohol is boiled off in this cooking process, but if you want a non-boozy pud, replace the wine with the juice of one lemon.
  2. Gluten-free note: Oats themselves don't naturally contain gluten, but are usually contaminated, so be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
Adapted from The Scottish Heritage Cookbook
Adapted from The Scottish Heritage Cookbook
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Scottish Plum Crumble

For a complete Thanksgiving/Hanukkah menu, take a look at the rest of the wonderful creations this week:






All American Wine Pairing Guide for Being Thankful #SundaySupper from Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog


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  1. Shhh. Don’t tell, Katy…I’d take your tribute to Scottish oats any day over pumpkin pie! Seriously, delicious looking and sounding fruit crumble….Sorry about your leg. Do pray it is healing quickly.

    P.s. So lovely that you are celebrating Thanksgiving…I give thanks for your delectable plum and blackberry crumble recipe!

    • Thank you Kim! Leg is doing much better. I love celebrating Thanksgiving!

  2. I love crumbles with oats, is one of my favorite desserts, and a plum version is at the top of my list! Red and stone fruits in crumbles are the best. And the color of the bubbling liquid! Hope the leg is healing well Katy!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes recently posted..Sweet Potato Pecan Gingersnap Pie #Thanksgiving #Hanukkah #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Paula! I love the colour of the liquid in this crumble! Leg is getting much better, thank you!

  3. I have never tried oats, but I love this idea! It looks so good.
    Nichole C recently posted..Mini Pumpkin Pie {Bites} for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks! The oats are wonderful in the crumble.

  4. I will take a crumble any night!
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious recently posted..Blue Ribbon Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake for #Thanksgiving #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • It’s a frequent dessert in my house!

  5. Crumbles like this are some of my favorite desserts! SO comforting. I hope your leg is all better soon!
    Laura Dembowski recently posted..Salted Caramel Apple Pie #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Laura, I’m doing much better thanks!

  6. I have to agree, this group is absolutely fantastic. I am so glad I used that random Sunday Supper hashtag that one Sunday…as I met Isabel in the process…and then all of you great foodies!
    Constance Smith recently posted..Cinnamon Rolls | #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I am so happy to have found you all too!

  7. Plums and blackberries are two of my favorite fruits, I’ve never seen them paired together. What a great idea for dessert!
    Shaina recently posted..Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Shaina! They are two of my favourite fruits!

  8. Hi, Katy! I was trying to leave a comment last night and it just wouldn’t go through, despite several attempts. My apologies if a thousand show up later. :)

    I love the the flavors of your mulled wine with plum and blackberries filling. And what a gorgeous deep color! Crumbles are often part of our family menu since I am married to a Brit and was introduced to their ease and beauty many, many years ago. At our house, they must be served with ample double cream for pouring over.

    How great that you get to celebrate Thanksgiving with your American friends. I am sure they will love any contribution you make to the meal! Especially this beautiful crumble. A warm boozy pud is just the thing.
    Stacy recently posted..Freeze and Bake Buttermilk Biscuits for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Sorry you had issues Stacy, and thank you for persevering! I will check all is ok with the site.

      Double cream is such a great accompaniment to crumble, and it’s lovely to hear it’s part of your family menu – I’m glad British food is getting around and hopefully quashing the reputation that it is terrible!

  9. I have never met a crumble that I didn’t love and yours looks scrumptious!!!

  10. Katy, your crumble looks terrific!!! And I’m so glad you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving right along with all your American friends. Hope your leg is recovering!!!

  11. Love that you brought your Scottish twist to this dessert. It sounds delicious!
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted..Sweet Potato RisottoMy Profile

  12. I’m also so thankful to have discovered and joined #SS – I just love our group! This crumble looks fantastic. I would take a big bowl with ice cream on top, please!
    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons recently posted..Turkey, Brie & Peach PaninisMy Profile

  13. oh I love blackberry crumbles!!! delicious!!
    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom recently posted..Almond Brioche Sticky Buns for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. My mouth is watering just looking at this. I love crumbles. I can’t imagine a better dessert than this one (with a big scoop of ice cream of course!)
    Courtney @ Neighborfood recently posted..Apple Pie Gingersnap Icebox Cake (Gluten Free!)My Profile

  15. I love crumbles this sounds awesome, Katy!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted..Breaded Chicken Cutlets easy with #Pompeian Grapeseed OilMy Profile

  16. I’m very sure I would have to make two because one of them would be mine, all mine!! Brilliant on poaching the fruit with red wine, simply brilliant.
    Renee recently posted..Roast Beef Rice Noodle Salad for #WeekdaySupperMy Profile

  17. I think crumbles are my fave type of fruit dessert