Wednesday, October 13, 2010

You Will Crumble At the Smell of These Plums

While my parents were in town last week, we made a visit to the Weatherford Farmers' Market.  About half an hour's drive west of Fort Worth, Weatherford, is the county seat of Parker County, which is famous as the Peach Capital of Texas.

It is no longer peach season, but there was still a lot of great-looking produce.

The farmers' market is situated near the historic courthouse square and is open seven days a week with fresh fruit and vegetables straight from local producers.

I picked up some lovely black plums.

While they were delicious to eat out of hand, they were ripening very quickly so I baked them in a crumble.   I wanted something a little different...with a little crunch, so I added rolled oats and pecans.  The house smelled just heavenly as the plums bubbled in the oven.  Enjoy.

Crispy Plum Crumble

4 1/2 to 5 cups of sliced plums
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 large egg
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
4 Tbsp cup butter, melted, more for greasing baking dish

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Butter a 9 x9 square baking dish.

Combine plums and brown sugar, stirring well.

Pour the sugared plums into the buttered baking dish.

Mix together flour, white sugar, oats, salt, and cinnamon.

Beat the egg, and add it to flour mixture.

Stir lightly with a fork until mixture is crumbly.

Spread mixture evenly over plums.

Sprinkle with pecans, and then drizzle with melted butter.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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