Plum Crumbles & Ginger Ice Cream

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Plum Crumble

Summer is looking to find Fall around here it seems. Today for example is what I like to call "une journee formidable" - a glorious day. And as corny as it sounds, (I like corny, there) I've been humming this old song all day. Bright sunshine, mild temperature and a nice breeze. I turned the A/C off and opened up all the windows.

Plum Crumble

And breathed. I have put myself on mandatory time outs at 11 and 3 o'clock every day and go outside, do a funky shake down - move about in the house or just play with the pups. Days are intense, yes, but absolutely gratifying. I was just thinking the other day that I may have a lot of projects in the works but all have a wonderful personal relationship attached to them. Everyday I am given the chance to help someone's vision come true. That is a privilege.

Plums

When Holly and I decided to celebrate our working together on her cookbook, she graciously invited us to her house and I volunteered to bring dessert. I was not going to bring tarts, that's for sure...! I took advantage of the farmers market bounty one weekend and bought tons of fresh dark and juicy plums.

Ginger Ice Cream

I needed something that could go on a little ride around the block and still make it in presentable form. I was, indeed, going to have dinner with a Cordon Bleu graduate, eheheh! As usual at our farmers market, I bought a little more than what I needed so I made one 8x8 crumble to take to dinner and a few smaller ones for us to enjoy again later.

With travels, work and just "being" (friends, weeekends, parties,...), I did forget they were there, all by their lonesome self in the freezer. Yep. I know. Sad. Well only for a brief moment when I realized they had been hanging out with a full container of ginger ice cream I had just made for a party. I took the crumbles out one evening and selfishly kept some of the ginger ice cream for us too.

Indeed, Summer was calling on Fall that night. And quite perfectly so...

Plum Crumbles


Plum Crumbles With Ginger Ice Cream:

Serves 4 to 6

Notes: you can replace the gluten free flours and the cornstarch with the same amounts (for each) in all purpose flour.

For the plums:
4 plums, pitted and thinly sliced (skin on)
1/4 cup sugar (I used sucanat - a non refined sugar)(use regular sugar if needed)
zest of one lemon
2 Tb lemon juice
2 Tb cornstarch

For the crumble topping:
For the topping:
3/4 cup (90gr) millet flour
3/4 cup (120gr) brown rice flour
1/2 cup (65gr) cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
pinch of salt
6 tablespoons (80gr) unsalted butter, cold, in small pieces
1/4 cup sucanat (or sugar)

Prepare the crumble topping:
In a large bowl, stir together all the flours and cornstarch, cardamom and pinch of salt. Add the butter and sucanat and start mixing everything together with your fingertips. You want to form a few large clusters of dough. It will be easier to grate once cold. Freeze the mixture while you prepare the fruits.

Preheat the oven at 350F and position a rack in the middle.

Prepare the plums:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the plums and the rest of the ingredients. Toss well. Divide between 4 -6 ramekins and place them on a baking sheet as the fruits are most likely to release their juice, causing a spill. When ready to bake, grate the crumble over the ramekins (use a box grates) and bake for 30-35 minutes.


For the ginger ice cream:
See this post.





50 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

That ginger ice cream is calling my name!

El said...

How lovely. Holly is a lucky lady to have you photographing her cookbook!

seattlelunchbox said...

That looks absolutely splendid! Instead of using millet flour and brown rice flour, could I just use 1 1/2 cups of All Purpose flour?

Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet said...

Plums are still aplenty here but probably not for long. I especially like the ginger ice cream. I agree, Fall is a perfect time of year and ginger seems to fit right in.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I so love the first photo!

The Shoptometrist said...

oh, this looks incredible! and where did you get that adorable dish in the first photo?

The Whimsical Wife said...

What a great recipes..... yum

LimeCake said...

i love the flavours you've chosen for this crumble. very perfect for Fall indeed!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

They look gorgeous - I am just hanging out for plum season to arrive here :-)
Sue

Nina Timm said...

I wish there was a way to bring you over to SA to shoot my book for me!! I have considered to many photographers work, but the standard that I have in my head is yours and that is not easy to come by!!!

Fräulein Klein said...

Oh, your crumble looks so delicious and your photography is always so stunning!!!!!
Have a nice day,
Yvonne

Ruth said...

Thanks, first, for lovely recipes and amazing pictures. Food blogs are a recent addition to my life, I am grateful to have found yours.

Merci beaucoup for sharing such a beautiful song. Perhaps the whole world (excepting me) had already heard Charles Aznavour sing. If not, they should.

Dominique said...

Je fais régulièrement de la glace au gingembre, mais je n'aurais pas pensé la servir avec ces tartelettes qui me semblent délicieuses. Comment ne pas craquer? Même si je ne commente pas souvent, c'est toujours un plaisir de te lire. Bonne journée!

colores said...

It looks so yummilicious! and the pictures are just a dream!!!

faith said...

That orange dish with white polka dots is sooo cute! I love it! *covets* ;p Hahahaha.

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

You have got some of the cutest dishes! (The food inside them looks pretty good too!)

Tracy said...

I love finding forgotten treasures in the icebox :)

RecipeGirl said...

What a beautiful dessert. Now I'm craving plums :)

Helene said...

Seattlelunchbox: yes, it's in the notes in the recipe instructions.

The Shoptometrist: years ago at the grocery store in France :)

Nina: I work from home with authors from all over the world :) I cook, bkae, style and shoot, edit, send off files and make everyone happy!
Carrie's book was shot in SC while she lived in CA.

Susan said...

I can't think of a better quality then "helping others achieve their vision". Thanks for helping all of us in small ways every day to do just that!

julie @ rosy + tart said...

This looks absolutely heavenly! I've never tried cooling with plums before... looks like it's time to start!

Alli said...

J'adore that Charles Aznavour song :) We used to sing it in French class.

Joy said...

I love crumbles. That look so good.

Morgan D said...

I have a question- you always seem to display your ice cream in a metal container with plastic wrap underneath. Is this how you keep it in the freezer? Does it not develop freezer burn? It looks so much nicer than the Gladware I use... :)

Helene said...

Morgan: I rarely use plastic containers for the freezer anymore so yes, either glass or metal and always with plastic wrap on top even if it's store bought. It really helps with freezer burns.
Hope that helps!

Morgan D said...

But no lid, other than plastic wrap?

Thank you!!

Helene said...

Morgan: Plastic wrap (2 layers) + elastic band around or sometimes foil.

Morgan D said...

Oh, wonderful!!

Thanks so much!

Cindy said...

i always thought that coconut ice cream was my favorite but i would love to try ginger!!

i need to get me an ice cream maker!!!!!!

yum....

GEn said...

Oh ce crumble est magnifique! Mais que signifie "I am given the chance to help someone's vision come true"? C'est en tout cas ce que je ressens quand je vois ces photos!

Helene said...

Gen: j'ai la chance de pouvoir aider quelqu'un a traduire ces mots avec une photographie.

Shelby said...

I just love your blog, the photographs are awe-inspiring and the writing, ever so eloquent. Thank you for sharing your time and talent!

The InTolerant Chef said...

How lovely and exciting to come across some buried-frozen- treasure!

Jennifer Evans said...

dear tartlette,
Why aren't you fat?
love, jenni

Helene said...

Jenni: Ha! When I was 16 I had to go on a diet and did Weight Watchers to lose 50 pounds (had to - doctor supervised). I have kept the weight off by eating everything in moderation, exercising (we live in a house with 3 flights of stairs) daily. I do watch what I eat and indulge in dessert about 2-3 times a week and even then, the portions are small. And I don't snack in between meals except a little if I am working late on a stressful project.
I bought a snack bowl that holds exactly one cup and at the bottom it reads "yum yum over"....! So when I am done, I am done :)

Alexandra said...

Helene....que maravilla! Gorgeous! I am in love with your photo of the trio of plums! That photo alone makes me want to worship the plum!
You're fabulous, dahling!

SCARLETT said...

wow-gorgeous crumble!! I'll have to give this one a go!

diseño web said...

It looks beautiful AND delicious...wow.

luisa said...

unas fotos estupendas y tb las recetas, Acabo de conocer tu blog y me quedo por aqui.. Bss.

Mindy said...

I love your creativity and beautiful photos. You're convincing me to buy an ice cream maker...

Style Your Food Recipes said...

oh yes I do love the sweets. I bet this is so good. thanks for sharing

thecookandtheguitarist said...

I love crumbles and your photos so much! xoxo
gaia

Manuela said...

Love the sound of ginger and plums!

The HealthNut Corner said...

I want to try this......I'm all for gluten free anything but I would replace the plum with apple because i'm from the tropics

IM said...

Made ginger icream this weekend. What a treat! I served it with still warm apple tarte tatin. I added finally chopped crystalized ginger at the last minute of churning. The ice-cream is fragrant and delicate, will definetely make it again.

Magic of Spice said...

This is absolutely splendid :)

Eva said...

That looks absolutely beautiful, and the plum crumb topping sounds amazing. You are an incredibly talented lady! I am really looking forward to trying this recipe, it sounds so delicious...

an encourager said...

Beautiful and yuummmmmm! So glad I found your blog!

Brooke said...

I just had to make this ginger ice cream. The eggless ice cream recipe intrigued me and was delicious! However, I noticed it left a coating, a mouthfeel that seemed buttery. I wonder .. was this because there were no eggs in the recipe, or perhaps I over-churned the mix?
Would love to hear what you think x

C&G : said...

So cute these little mini crumbles. Love your photos. Giorgia

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