I forgot to take a photo (I obviously need some time to get into the swing of things) – so I did what any good Mom would do and I sprinted to the dining room and swiped a bowl out from under the nose of one of my children. Since there was zero shock or surprise (but definitely a small eye-roll), I would have to say that perhaps I need to slow down a bit. I mentioned plum goodness here, but it’s so tasty it needs it’s own place so that we never forget to make this when these beautiful little plums show up at the market – enjoy!
2-3 lbs. candy or prune plums, washed, pitted and cut into 2 or 3 pieces each
1/4 c. dark brown sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1/3 c. cold butter
1/3 c. flour
1/3 c. oatmeal
2/3 c. dark brown sugar
1 c. pecans, coarsely chopped (optional – almonds are our second choice)
Preheat the oven to 350, lightly grease a good-sized casserole, then toss the plums, sugar and cornstarch together in a large bowl and scrape it all into the casserole. In a medium bowl, use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour, oatmeal and sugar and when it has comes together in pea-sized pieces, stir in the nuts (if using) and then evenly cover and spread the mix over the plums.
Bake for about 40 minutes until the top is brown and crisp, ideally allow it to rest and thicken for about 30 minutes, then serve it up in big bowls (with cream or ice cream).