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Plum – Raspberry Cardamom Crumbles

Plum Raspberry Cardamom Crumble

It’s been a yucky week….all grey with some rain drops here and there. Rain with warm tempereatures. Thunderstorms and shorts, I’ll never get used to this!! I decided to see it as soft and comforting. I baked and I baked without prospect of a good picture taking day. The fridge is overflowing, the freezer is about to get there. In the midst of running out of room in former, I had to start reorganizing the latter. I pulled out one bag each of raspberries and juicy plums to replace them with other desserts that will hopefully be "taken care of". I already told the neighbors to come over for desserts because there is no way B. and I can eat a dozen fast enough. Well we could….but our doctor would not be very happy!

The weather had been threatening us with rain long enough for me to let my guard down and leave the house without an umbrella. Don’t ask…Of course I got soaked while leaving the grocery store after a quick run for milk and eggs one early morning!! Actually I was still dripping when I got home that I figured "what’s a little longer?" and took the dogs for their long walk. They were wired and going crazy and I needed a quiet house later on to work, not the usual circus of Bailey hanging from Tippy’s tail. Once back inside, we were all hungry and in need of a little comforting. I let them chase each other around, that their idea of comfort. Well more like Bailey running like a kid who just put his paw in a plug and Tippy watching, shaking his head as if to say "you crazy dog". I, on the other hand, was craving the comforting smell of a freshly baked crumble and a cup of tea.

Easy, fast, comforting…I don’t know about you but at that moment a crumble felt as good as a dry towel.

I tossed together the raspberries and plums and topped them with a streusel topping spiced up with a little cardamom. Thirty minutes and a dry off later, I was rewarded with the wonderful smell of freshly baked "comfort". I exclaimed "you missed all the fun!" when B. got home and saw us all huddled together on the living room floor enjoying the rest of the morning. He saw an extra crumble dish on the counter top and quickly replied "no, I don’t think I did" before proceeding to dig in his share with a happy smile. Dessert before lunch….my idea of making the best out of a rainy morning!

Plum Raspberry Cardamom Crumble

Plum-Raspberries Cardamom Crumbles:

Serves 4

For the fruits:
4 plums, pitted and chopped into small cubes (about one cup diced)
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
zest of one lemon
2 Tb lemon juice
2 Tb cornstarch

Streusel topping:
6 tablespoons butter, cold
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat your oven to 30F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the fruits and the rest of the ingredients. Toss well, but gently not to break the raspberries too much. Divide between 4 ramequins and place them on a baking sheet as the fruits are most likely to release their juice, causing a spill. Set them aside while your prepare the topping.
In a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cardamom and walnuts if using. Add the butter cut in small pieces and mix with your fingertips until you get a mixture that ressembles coarse crumbs. Divide th topping evenly among the 4 dishes. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.

You can make this gluten free by substituting the all purpose flour with gluten freee flour or rice flour. Why am I mentionning this? October is Celiac Awareness Month! If you want to venture into gluten free baking, check this article.

Plum Raspberry Cardamom Crumble

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Finla October 13, 2008 um 7:19 am

Nothing better than to have a crumble on a rainy day.
It is not raining here, but still i would love to have them.

Anna October 13, 2008 um 7:44 am

Mm, yum! I love crumbles, although I’ve only tried my hand at apple-type ones: apple-rhubarb, apple-pear, apple-raspberry. The first time I can lay my hands on some plums I’m pulling out this recipe πŸ™‚

Avental da Micas October 13, 2008 um 7:46 am

Amazing! I love crumbles and this is just wonderfull!

anadelicias October 13, 2008 um 7:51 am

Helen!! Plums and raspberries sounds delicious and also like the blue dishes…

IΒ΄ve just smelt the cardamon…


Rosa's Yummy Yums October 13, 2008 um 7:56 am

What gorgeous crumbles! Cardamom adds a special and very pleasant flavor to those fruity treats!



Cannelle Et Vanille October 13, 2008 um 9:38 am

perfect for a rainy day for sure. crumble equals comfort in my brain. gorgeous photos as always with such a lovely light.

Anna October 13, 2008 um 9:50 am

It’s definitely time for a crumble round here; just what I want!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) October 13, 2008 um 10:52 am

Wow — something even a bake-o-phobe like me can manage to make! I can imagine the wonderful aroma of the plums and cardamom — a great combination for this time of year, even if it’s not raining!

Martha October 13, 2008 um 11:42 am

Love crumbles and love plums. Crumbles make the house smell so great while they are baking.


Anonymous October 13, 2008 um 12:30 pm

Ooohhh sounds like the perfect start to any morning… raining or not! Perfect with a scoop of ice cream mmmmm ^^!

Anonymous October 13, 2008 um 12:37 pm

Looks wonderful, i am a big fan of crumble!

Snooky doodle October 13, 2008 um 1:12 pm

these look yummy although I have to say I prefer apple crumble and I love the nice smell of baking crumbles it feels so warm and comforting πŸ™‚

LizNoVeggieGirl October 13, 2008 um 1:14 pm

Please don’t let the horrid weather get you down, Helen!! Stay positive :0)

I’ve never made (or eaten) a crumble made with anything other than blueberries and/or apples – LOVE this plum-raspberry version!! So enticing!!

Emily Rose October 13, 2008 um 1:29 pm

raspberry and plum- what a great mix! I don’t think I would have thought of that one on my own- but now I want to try it! lovely pictures!

monica October 13, 2008 um 2:00 pm

helen this is a lovely crisp! and i must confess they are my favorite type of dessert to eat. i actually just put one on my menu — pear crisp with vanilla brown butter streusel, pomegrantes and brown butter ice cream.

Mumsy October 13, 2008 um 2:38 pm

Three of my favorites in one thing. I’m putting plums on my grocery list! Looks great!

Manggy October 13, 2008 um 3:01 pm

You know, as long as there’s a working oven, fruit or chocolate in the fridge, and just enough light to photograph, I don’t think any gray sky will be able to rain on my spirits, haha! πŸ™‚ And I’m sure these crumbles do an equally good job of brightening up the day too!

Gretchen Noelle October 13, 2008 um 3:31 pm

These really do look absolutely delicious!! I could enjoy one with my morning coffee!

aandara October 13, 2008 um 3:40 pm

i want to be your neighbor!!!!,thanks

Katie October 13, 2008 um 4:27 pm

These look great and I know the feeling of cleaning out the freezer and trying to figure out what to do with it all. But this looks like a great choice.

mimi October 13, 2008 um 4:31 pm

dessert before lunch sounds lovely indeed!

Patricia Scarpin October 13, 2008 um 5:01 pm

You are such a master at putting delicious fruit together, Helen! And look at the styling – perfect, as usual. Love the blue glass!

Ivy October 13, 2008 um 5:04 pm

Awe! What a lovely rainy-day story. You made being cold and wet sound so romantic and whimsical.
You should write children’s books.

cindy* October 13, 2008 um 5:59 pm

yum! there really is nothing better than a simple crumble and a cup of something warm on a rainy day.

raining sheep October 13, 2008 um 7:02 pm

Oh I am so excited. This is a recipe I think I can actually do. I have never thought of combining plums and berries but what a great idea. I am definitely making this soon as plums are still in season right now.

Sylvie October 13, 2008 um 8:03 pm

I just need to look at that juice oozing out to know that these are good.

Irene October 13, 2008 um 8:28 pm

These look great, Helen! Very juicy and sweet. The story about your dogs made me smile. πŸ™‚

chililime October 13, 2008 um 8:58 pm

Oh, I love fruit and streusel. Yum.

Clumbsy Cookie October 13, 2008 um 9:18 pm

Really Helen, I wish I was your neighbour! I would really help you eat all those desserts you have filling your fridge! I adore crumbles!!!

Mallory Elise October 13, 2008 um 9:46 pm

yucky here too. op wait no—just cold.

damn it. i wanna give you the "always has cute spoon award" too. why don’t i have cute spoons….i knew i should have bought those Turkish tea cups…

Anonymous October 13, 2008 um 9:53 pm

YUM, I love crumbles, and I can safely say I have never had a rasp. cardamon one before! great photos as usual.

Susan from Food Blogga October 14, 2008 um 1:37 am

No week could be yucky with these spice scented fruity crumbles. I love them!

Anonymous October 14, 2008 um 1:58 am

I almost made crumble today but my family vetoed my decision and chose pie – what could I do but comply?

Unknown October 14, 2008 um 2:24 am

I can taste it, Helen. The combination is great!

That Girl October 14, 2008 um 3:08 am

I’m still waiting for it to rain here. All it seems to do is fire.

Anonymous October 14, 2008 um 5:36 am

Hahaha! I was chasing the sun too! Photos do not look so great without it, I agree whole-heartedly.

And you’ve put cardamom on the crumbles! I suppose you’re beginning to step into autumn mood. πŸ˜‰

Vanillaorchid October 14, 2008 um 7:06 am

I love to bake crumble on the rainy day and especaily in winter.

Your crumble is amazing and I love the way you made streusel which I have never tried.

Thank you for the nice recipe and nice photo.

Deeba PAB October 14, 2008 um 9:50 am

Oooh I love crumbles & this one is everything to be envious about Lucky neighbours…& B of course!!

Bonbon Oiseau October 14, 2008 um 12:23 pm

hi helen!! this looks so perfectly lovely and warm and inviting for this gray rainy weather…

Varina October 14, 2008 um 12:43 pm

Warm rain! God that makes me feel homesick. I’m a southerner living in Switzerland. I can’t get over how cold and dry it is already! I should take some inspiration from this and go make some nanner puddin now.

Camille October 14, 2008 um 2:14 pm

A lot of unexpected things can happen on rainy days, such as cleaning out fridges and cabinets. And, usually good things come out of it, like your delicious crumble.

Parisbreakfasts October 14, 2008 um 2:20 pm

I love crumbles too!!!
the French have taken over the British crumble and made it their own IMO and you prove the point Tarty πŸ™‚

Anonymous October 14, 2008 um 2:22 pm

Ugh, sorry to hear the weather has been icky. Nothing like a crumble to make you feel better though, right??

Maria October 14, 2008 um 2:43 pm

We already had snow here…not fun! This dessert would warm me up for sure!

Anita October 14, 2008 um 3:04 pm

Crumbles are the like the epitome of fall to me – so cozy and comforting! I’m having a great time catching up on your posts!

Rachel October 14, 2008 um 3:06 pm

A comfort for me during a rainy day…crumble anytime..and am happy…

Nina Timm October 14, 2008 um 4:23 pm

Why is it that us foodies can make anything "grey" better with food. We can comfort a crying child with a cookie, say sorry with a scoop of ice-cream and warm up with a crumble…I feel so sorry for the non-foodies….

The crumble looks so yum-yum!!!

MΓ³nica Pinto October 14, 2008 um 4:39 pm

I love that bit of purple juice coming over the tart tin. Simply delicious. I really love your photos Tartelette!

glamah16 October 14, 2008 um 7:53 pm

I have a zillion small plums thatI need to use up ASAP. Nothing beats a nice crumble on a bleak day.

Mike of Mike's Table October 14, 2008 um 8:21 pm

I love a good crumble. And you’ve even dressed up what I’d picture to be such a rustic/messy dessert to look really nice. It sounds delicious!

Art of Dessert October 14, 2008 um 10:48 pm

Now I know what to do will all the plums I get from my grandma. This is a must try for sure.

Sunshinemom October 15, 2008 um 12:21 am

I make apple crumbles but these look great! We don’t get raspberries here but I will try one with only plums – your way!

Dewi October 15, 2008 um 4:00 am

I must say that I really like rain, especially accompany by one of your warm plum-raspberry crumbles and some tea. Delicious!

Cakespy October 15, 2008 um 4:08 am

That little bit of sweet fruit dripped over the side…oh so tantalizing. Wonderful work–it looks amazing. It is crumble season, isn’t it!?

Sandy Smith October 15, 2008 um 5:14 pm

How I would love to have one of these in front of me right this moment!

I’ll have to console myself with the apple-cranberry crumble upstairs in the fridge (but I have such a weakness for raspberries!).

Your table setting looks lovely too!

montague October 15, 2008 um 6:33 pm

delicious! and i adore those little turquoise dishes!

steph- whisk/spoon October 15, 2008 um 10:07 pm

i would love to rifle through your frigde and freezer! there’s nothing in mine at the moment! this sounds wonderful, and wonderfully easy, too. i love cardamom and plums!

ana dane October 16, 2008 um 2:29 am

this looks lovely- i can imagine how nicely it went with a steaming cup of tea. (green, i think, would be best.)

Anonymous October 16, 2008 um 2:58 am

these sort of treats are just right for the rainy days πŸ™‚

Fifi Flowers October 16, 2008 um 4:16 am

YUM! I would like one with a cup of cafe creme please! Rain sounds delightful to go along with it!

limonana October 16, 2008 um 4:23 am

love the composition of colours in these photos…make them look soo scrumptious…

Vera October 16, 2008 um 4:24 am

What a wonderful comfort food, Helen!

La Tartine Gourmande October 16, 2008 um 1:13 pm

J’espere que tu m’en as garde un, surtout celui avec plein de jus qui degouline….

Mrs.French October 16, 2008 um 11:56 pm

I am over the moon for plums right now…yummmmmm.

Alexa October 17, 2008 um 9:17 pm

Crumbles are some of my favorite desserts. This one sounds lovely and wonderfully flavored. It could brighten my rainy days…

Pea and Pear October 18, 2008 um 12:37 am

I will be glad when October is over, it has definitely been a cloudy month for me. Some crumble could certainly solve a few problems though….. In fact this picture has already lightened the load πŸ™‚

Lizzie November 1, 2008 um 8:36 pm

aww i just love your little anecdotes that precede your recipes! sounds like, although you got wet, you had a lovely morning. and coming home to a homemade dessert like that? perfection.

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