Mr 'Splorer made the mistake of saying he didn't like crumble. Said it was like baby food. To be honest, I can see what he means, but I also took it as a challenge. Especially as there's nothing so British as crumble - I get very protective of my native culinary culture. A similar thing happened with gooseberries and rhubarb. Nothing gets me baking like the need to prove that British food is lovely.
So, it was time for crumble. A crumble to defend the honour of my nation. To be honest, despite the importance of the mission, I didn't look too long or hard. We had plums. Mr 'Splorer loves maple syrup. I found this Maple plum crumble on the BBC website. Perfect.
It was a winner - lovely, chunky, crunchy crumble and sweet, fruity filling. We replaced the almonds with walnuts because that's we had, and it worked really well. It seemed to convert Mr 'Splorer, though part of the secret seemed to be to serve it with copious quantities of ice cream!