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La Festa Al Fresco

Two of my favorite bloggers are throwing a party and we are all invited! Yvonne from Cream Puff in Venice and Lis from La Mia Cucina wish to celebrate the end of the summer and are inviting everybody to participate by making a dish using one or more fresh summer ingredient(s).
While at the market today I found small plums, also known as prune plums or Italian plums and I fell in love with the way they felt in my hand. They were perfectly ripe, smelled wonderful, their skin was soft yet still resilient as if they did not wanted to let go of summer.
I did a really broad search for plum recipes and I finally settled on a plum crumble. What better way to say farewell to summer and get ready for the fall than with a crumble? I have a tendency to only make them in the winter or fall, because I do not really like cooked summer fruits. They are usually so good on their own that they never need much handling. I finally reconcialted my dislike of cooking summer fruit with this recipe. It is incredibly fragrant, yummy and oozing of plum juices. I found the recipe in the archives of the New York Times online, you can see it and the whole article here.

Plum Crumble, adapted from the New York Times.

12 Italian plums
2 Tb. brown sugar
1 1/2 Tb. plus one cup flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2 Tb. finely chopped candied ginger
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 cup unsalted butter

Heat oven at 350 degrees. Mix together the brown sugar, 1 1/2 Tb. flour, cinnamon, ground ginger, and candied ginger. Add the plums and mix well. Arrange the plums, skin side up in pie plate, baking dish or your favorite dish.
Combine remaining sugar, baking powder, flour. Mix well. Stir in the egg. Use your hands and mix thoroughly to make little particles. Sprinkle the whole thing evenly over the plums. Melt the butter and drizzle over the dish.
Bake for 30 minutes or until brown on top. Remove and let cool. Serve ith ice cream with desired.

I am so excited about having this for dessert tonight!!

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Anonymous September 4, 2006 um 1:47 am


What an incredible dish! Italian plums are one of my favourite things about summer and I just love how you’ve used them.

Thank you so much for bringing this dessert to the table!

Orchidea September 4, 2006 um 7:48 pm

I love crumble and it is so easy to make and quick.
Never tried it with plums… nice recipe.

Anonymous September 5, 2006 um 8:22 am

YES YES YES! Now THIS is a proper crumble, just look at that beautiful topping and the deliciously baked fruit underneath – nothing like the restaurant pear and apple crumble I had in a restaurant last month! They could learn a lesson or two from you 🙂

Helene September 5, 2006 um 6:20 pm

This crumble is so good, I cannot but urge you to make it. It is delicious with a little creme fraiche. We had to refrain ourselves from eating the whole thing!

Anonymous September 5, 2006 um 7:43 pm

Hélène… que dire ton blog est tout simplement fantastique! Je viens de le découvrir par le biais des commentaires d’Estelle du hamburger et le croissant ( un blog que j’adore et lis régulièrement) et je dois dire qu’il me plait beaucoup. J’adore les USA, parler anglais et cuisiner alors, ton blog, je peux le dire je pense est "parfait" pou moi. Alors je te dis MERCI!!
J’ai accroché et je reviendrai !!! 😉

Helene September 5, 2006 um 11:12 pm

Emma : merci de ton commentaire. Il me fait chaud au coeur!
Les Etats Unis c’est bien au debut, et puis il y a toujours le mal du pays qui revient. Ca me fait du bien de parler francais et de lire en francais!
J’espere de voir ici tres bientot!

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