While food shopping this weekend I could not resist the allure of these plump, shimmery red plums. They’re not exactly in season, but the sun was out and I felt like baking something tasty as soon as I saw them. After looking at a couple of recipes, I came up with my own variation. This was sweet and tart, with crunchy, buttery goodness on top. Best of all, it’s a cinch to make!
2 pounds fresh plums
1 cup light brown sugar (add or decrease depending on sweetness of fruit)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 stick unsalted butter, diced
Combine sliced plums, brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour in a large bowl. Pour into a 9×9 baking dish.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and cut in the butter using two knives or a pastry blender. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle this over the plum mixture.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.
It was delicious served warm out of the oven as dessert. I can only imagine what adding a little bit of vanilla ice cream would do to enhance the experience. I can also say it makes an indulgent breakfast or afternoon treat…