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Homemade Plum Crumble

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I guess it must be the English and Italian in me that makes it impossible to resist a fruit crumble. I never really understood the difference between a fruit crisp and a fruit crumble, but I do now. The difference is the oats that go into the topping. It makes the topping extra special. There’s the English. Now I’m guessing the Italian part are the plums. My grandmother always had plums in her house.

My Homemade Plum Crumble is perfect when you’re hosting a dinner party.  Stored in the refrigerator, the topping can be made a day in advance. Hot, room temperature, or with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream, it’s the perfect ending to a meal.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: a ceramic pie dish or a 9 x 13 baking dish, rimmed baking sheet pan

2 pounds of large dark red plums, pits removed, cut into 8 slices per plum (6 cups of sliced plums)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of orange zest
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of organic apple juice

1 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
Pinch of Kosher salt
1 cup of whole oats
2 sticks of cold cubed unsalted butter, reserve half for the top of the crumble.

Butter a baking dish really well. In a large bowl throw in your sliced plums. To the plums add granulated sugar, flour, apple juice,  orange zest, and a pinch of Kosher salt. Mix all this together so all the plums are coated nicely. Transfer the plums to a buttered baking dish. I like my fruit crumbles to be piled high. It gives it an old fashion look.

In another large bowl, add the ingredients for the crumble topping. Flour, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, ground cinnamon, whole oats, a pinch of Kosher salt. Whisk all those ingredients together before adding in the cold cubes of unsalted butter. Reserve back 1/2 a stick of the butter to dot the top. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it looks coarse meal, shown above.

Sprinkle the crumbled topping evenly over the plums. If a little of the crumble topping slips down between the fruit, that’s fine. If some of the plums are showing through that’s also fine. Using the reserved butter cubes to dot the top. Using a baking sheet to place under the pie dish, bake for 50 to 60 minutes, at 350-degrees F., until the plums are tender and bubbling, and the top is golden brown.  Let rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Serve my Homemade Plum Crumble, hot or room temperature. Don’t forget the ice cream!



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Apricot And Blueberry Crumble


I love crumbles, cobblers, and pies, so whenever certain fruits are in season, I feel a compulsion to bring them home. Yesterday, I was in the produce section, there was a huge basket of apricots and I couldn’t help myself. On the drive home, the wheels in my head started turning, “how am I going to use these beautiful apricots?”

I just want to say a little something, whenever you in the grocery store and seasonal fruit like apricots and blueberries are staring you in the face, go ahead and pick them up. My Apricot And Blueberry Crumble dessert is super easy to make and really good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Listen, it doesn’t matter what fruit you choose that’s totally up to you just be sure they’re at the peak of their season.











Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Inactive Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields:6 serving
Equipment: 2 large mixing bowls, pastry cutter, porcelain pie dish

2 pounds of apricots, halved, pitted, and sliced
1 pint of blueberries
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of orange juice, freshly squeezed
1/3 cup of light brown sugar, tightly packed
1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 stick of cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup of quick-cooking oats

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.

For The Fruit:
Start by halving, pitting, and slicing the apricots. In a large mixing bowl combine apricots, blueberries. to that, granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, and orange juice toss to combine. Pour the fruit mixture into a porcelain pie dish.

The Crumble Topping:
In a large bowl, add 1 cup of flour, brown sugar, Kosher salt. To that add, and unsalted cold diced butter. With a pastry cutter work the butter into the flour sugar mixture until it’s the size of small peas.

At this point, add the quick-cooking oats. Work the oats into the flour mixture with your hands, combining it through the butter/flour mixture, forming into large crumbles. Add the crumble to the pie dish. Make sure to cover the fruit mixture completely.

Bake for 40 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling around the sides, and topping is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let rest for 20 minutes

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