Shauna, over at Gluten-free Girl, posted this recipe a few days ago, calling it "The Plum Crumble of My Dreams." With a name like that, it had to be tested. Unfortunately, I've been looking for Italian plums at the farmer's market the last two weeks and the plums that were once so plentiful (seems like just a day ago!) are completely gone! So I settled for the only plums I could find: pretty little greenish-gold plums that I already forgot the name of (sorry). It also took me a day or two to replenish my stock of candied ginger since I was completely out. But then, finally, last night, I had all of the ingredients in my midst. It's a simple recipe; the only change I made was to reduce the amount of butter from 1/2 cup = 1 stick = 8 tbsp to 5 tbsp. because I've been feeling rather guilty for the high amounts of cream and buttery yummy-ness that has been prevalent in my food choices of late. It still turned out perfectly. The most difficult part is finely chopping the ginger, and even that isn't too bad.
The plum and ginger combination is perfect, and the crust is really like a crispy, slightly-crunchy crunched up cinnamon crispy (okay, sounds redundant, but like those 'cinnamon crispies' you used to be able to get at Taco Bell...only better, waaaayyy better...and laid over juicy sweet delicious plums. And I refuse to eat at Taco Bell these days - I've never been a huge fan of fast food, nor soda or pop or whatever you call it in the part of the country you're living in (this is a point of contention in some areas, such as here). Loving Boyfriend got food poisoning last Christmas from McDonalds so we don't eat at fast food places anymore...even in desperate times).
Both boys (roommate and Loving Boyfriend) gave rave reviews after I doled out scoops for them as they finished their chores (I actually took a picture of this to document it and use it for blackmail sometime in the future...two boys folding laundry in the living room together! I wasn't aware men actually knew how to do laundry...I love you, Honey, and I do appreciate you doing the laundry last night...for once...).
BTW - stay tuned for In the Pink next week - Loving Boyfriend and I have our recipes and we're primed to start cooking Pink!
written by Michelle at 4:30 PM