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The fruit part of this crisp recipe can be cooked ahead, and needs to be chilled for at least 2 hours before adding the topping.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 5-6
  • 5 cups (about 2 pounds) fresh ripe plums with skin, pitted and sliced ½-inch thick
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  • ½ cup packed sweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅓ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 3 ounces sweet butter, melted
  1. Add the sliced plums, ¾ cup sugar, and 1 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice to a heavy bottomed 2-Qt saucepan and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes until natural fruit syrup forms. Stir occasionally.
  2. Heat the plum and sugar mixture until it boils. Reduce the heat to medium and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the syrup thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Stir occasionally so the syrup does not burn.
  3. Remove from heat. The syrup will thicken further as it cools. Transfer the plums to a heatproof 8x8x2 glass baking dish and chill uncovered for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F
  5. Bring the cooked plums to room temperature for 20-30 minutes before baking, so the glass dish does not crack when you place it in the hot oven.
  6. To prepare the crisp topping, in a medium bowl add the flour, brown sugar, oats, coconut flakes, salt, cinnamon powder and chopped pecans. Mix with a fork to blend.
  7. Add the melted butter and toss with the fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  8. Sprinkle the topping over the plums and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown, and the fruit juices begin to bubble and surface on the sides. Remove from the oven and cool over rack for 20 minutes.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.
Sliced frozen plums may be substituted for the fresh plums. You do not need to thaw them. just add sugar and proceed with the directions for fresh plums. If there are pieces of ice stuck to the fruit, briefly run warm water over them to get rid of the surface ice before adding sugar.
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