1/2 lb plums 1/2 tsp each ground ginger and cinnamon 4 oz flour 3 oz light brown sugar 4 oz ground almonds 6 oz unsalted butter, chilled and diced 2 oz chopped walnuts or hazelnuts
Halve and stone the fruit and pack it in a shallow baking dish, filling any large gaps with chopped plums. Sprinkle the spices over the top. If the plums are very tart, sprinkle 2-3 tbsp sugar over them. Mix the flour, sugar and ground almonds together in a large bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips and spread the mixture evenly over the fruit. Top with the chopped nuts. Just before baking, drizzle lightly over the top 2 tbs cold water. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 170C until the top is golden brown.