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A Crisp Convert


It might not look pretty but it sure is delicious!

Upon seeing the ripe plums at The Farm, I was inspired to make a plum-based dessert. I researched my new cookbook and found a recipe for plum crisp. What’s a crisp, you ask? It’s basically an upside-down pie: fruit on the bottom, crust at the top. The problem with crisps is that a lot of them aren’t, well, crispy. With all that fruit, it’s pretty easy to end up with a soggy mess.

However, I was confident that my new cookbook would guide me to a truly crispy crisp. Because I followed the recipe word-for-word, I won’t post it here. My observations about this recipe/dessert:

  • OMG it was SO GOOD. TC and I ate half a pan of this in one sitting. Highly recommended with vanilla ice cream (duh!).
  • The secret to a crispy crust: nuts. I chose pecans, but walnuts and almonds were also suggested. The nuts kept the crust crispy even after refrigeration and reheating.
  • I didn’t have a food processor for the crust, so I used an immersion blender. It was a bit cumbersome, but totally worth it.
  • I used plums, but other fruits were also suggested, such as apples, pears, and peach/blueberry. The best part about using plums is that I didn’t have to skin them. I was pleasantly surprised that the plum skins didn’t get tough — I never even noticed them, actually.
  • The other pleasant surprise? The recipe was perfect. I was skeptical at times, but the crisp turned out beautifully. I especially liked how there was only 1/2 cup of sugar in the whole crisp, so that there was a nice balance between the tart of the plum, with a hint of sweetness.
  • Next up: I want to make the peach and blueberry version of this! And apple and pear ones in the fall. What can I say? I’ve become a crisp convert.

Plum crisp a la mode

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

5 thoughts on “A Crisp Convert

  1. Yum! How long and at what temp. did you bake it? I’m looking for summer recipes with short oven times.

  2. Wow! Next on my list of delicious deserts to conquer. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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