So this last week I got a ton of golden plums in my co-op basket, I then came home and discovered my roommate had bought purple plums while at Costco. We were officially suffering from a glut of plums, in this type of situation what is a girl to do? Well there was nothing else to do other than get baking. I made a delicious plum crumble, and still having a ton of plums left over I opened my french cookbook and made a plum Flognarde (sounds funny, tastes delicious)

there wasn't even a real recipe for this.

there wasn’t even a real recipe for this.

Plum Crumble (Britt’s sort of made up recipe)

excessive amount of plums, pitted and sliced

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 stick butter, melted

pinch of salt

Mix 1/3 cup of the sugar and 1/4 cup of the flour in with the plums and put them in a medium depth baking dish. Combine the rest of the flour and sugar with the melted butter and cut in until the mixture turns into coarse crumbs, smaller than pea size. Bake at 350* for 30-45 minutes until bubbling and the crumble browns.

this is like a mix between a german pancake and a cobbler, so delicious.

this is like a mix between a german pancake and a custard with fruit, so delicious.

Plum Flognarde

approx 2 pounds plums pitted and quartered ( I combined yellow and purple plums)
1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
2 tablespoons brandy
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk ( I used fat free half and half as I had no milk, whole milk makes it richer)
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons melted butter, plus more for pan
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish.

Cut each plum in half crosswise and remove the pit. Combine the pitted and quartered plums with brandy and 2 tablespoons sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes.

In a blender, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, milk, eggs, butter, vanilla, and liquid from plums. Pulse until incorporated, scraping down the sides if needed. Pour batter in dish and place plums on top. Bake for 30 minutes until batter is set. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over the top and bake for an additional 10 minutes. The plum juices should be bubbling and the top light brown and crusty. Let cool before serving.

Yesterday being Labor Day I had a full day of activities planned, I probably only achieved half of what I wanted but I did get to have Brunch with Lisa and Shar (so fun!! Lisa’s kids are absolutely adorable, I am officially requesting more photos) and did some pear picking in my parent’s new yard. Look forward to some great pear recipes in my next post!

they wouldn't let me climb the ladder, for some reason they were worried I might further injure my knee, how silly. ;)

they wouldn’t let me climb the ladder, for some reason they were worried I might further injure my knee, how silly. 😉

 

I wanted to cry over all the pears that went bad before we had a chance to pick them

I wanted to cry over all the pears that went bad before we had a chance to pick them

 

we ended up with like 3 boxes of beautiful pears. What will I do with them all? Tune in later this week to find out!

we ended up with like 3 boxes of beautiful pears. What will I do with them all? Tune in later this week to find out!

 

 

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