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Plum Crumbles & Ginger Ice Cream

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.


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 8×8 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.

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Jessica @ How Sweet September 29, 2010 um 12:28 am

That ginger ice cream is calling my name!

El September 29, 2010 um 1:21 am

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

Anonymous September 29, 2010 um 1:30 am

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 September 29, 2010 um 2:59 am

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♥ September 29, 2010 um 3:18 am

I so love the first photo!

The Shoptometrist September 29, 2010 um 3:27 am

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

The Whimsical Wife September 29, 2010 um 3:35 am

What a great recipes….. yum

LimeCake September 29, 2010 um 4:05 am

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

Couscous & Consciousness September 29, 2010 um 4:11 am

They look gorgeous – I am just hanging out for plum season to arrive here 🙂

Nina Timm September 29, 2010 um 5:18 am

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!!!

Yvonne – Frl. Klein September 29, 2010 um 5:27 am

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

Ruth September 29, 2010 um 5:54 am

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 September 29, 2010 um 6:41 am

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!

Unknown September 29, 2010 um 8:45 am

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

faith September 29, 2010 um 10:39 am

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

Vicki Wilde September 29, 2010 um 10:55 am

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

Tracy September 29, 2010 um 12:50 pm

I love finding forgotten treasures in the icebox 🙂

RecipeGirl September 29, 2010 um 1:46 pm

What a beautiful dessert. Now I'm craving plums 🙂

Helene September 29, 2010 um 2:07 pm

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 September 29, 2010 um 2:27 pm

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 September 29, 2010 um 4:05 pm

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

Alli September 29, 2010 um 5:30 pm

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

Unknown September 29, 2010 um 7:30 pm

I love crumbles. That look so good.

Morgan D September 29, 2010 um 7:40 pm

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 September 29, 2010 um 8:11 pm

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 September 29, 2010 um 8:33 pm

But no lid, other than plastic wrap?

Thank you!!

Helene September 29, 2010 um 8:49 pm

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

Morgan D September 29, 2010 um 9:02 pm

Oh, wonderful!!

Thanks so much!

Cindy September 29, 2010 um 10:39 pm

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!!!!!!


GEn September 30, 2010 um 5:34 am

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 September 30, 2010 um 5:52 am

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

Shelby September 30, 2010 um 6:33 am

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 ™ September 30, 2010 um 10:33 am

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

Jennifer Evans September 30, 2010 um 1:26 pm

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

Helene September 30, 2010 um 1:35 pm

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 September 30, 2010 um 7:21 pm

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 September 30, 2010 um 7:40 pm

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

diseño web October 1, 2010 um 12:03 am

It looks beautiful AND delicious…wow.

luisa October 1, 2010 um 8:27 am

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

Mindy October 1, 2010 um 2:16 pm

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

Style Your Food Recipes October 2, 2010 um 4:33 am

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

Anonymous October 2, 2010 um 10:02 am

I love crumbles and your photos so much! xoxo

Unknown October 2, 2010 um 3:54 pm

Love the sound of ginger and plums!

The HealthNut Corner October 2, 2010 um 11:43 pm

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 October 4, 2010 um 4:13 pm

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 October 5, 2010 um 4:47 am

This is absolutely splendid 🙂

Unknown October 5, 2010 um 7:23 pm

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 October 6, 2010 um 5:39 pm

Beautiful and yuummmmmm! So glad I found your blog!

Brooke October 9, 2010 um 8:49 am

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 October 18, 2010 um 2:33 pm

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

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