Fresh Cranberries !!! Very rarely I see them being sold in the supermarket over here in Malaysia. And if I do see them, I know it is nearing Christmas :)))) I bought 3 packets of Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberries !!!......Ho Ho Ho jingle jingle bells ringing in my ears ! I have a long list of bakes that use fresh cranberries and today's post is just one of them :p More will be coming ! California Plums are in season too and what a great idea to put them together with the fresh cranberries in this recipe that I am going to share with you. I was flipping through Curtis Stone's book - ' Relaxed Cooking With Curtis Stone' and saw this mouth-watering dessert photo of this Plum And Cinnamon Crumble and I knew I had to made it. Too much drooling is bad for me. Nothing beats the satisfaction of having the real thing :p right ? LOL! I combined the two fruits and made Curtis Stone proud :p
Look how fresh and big these fresh cranberries are and the California plums are sweet and juicy. I tweaked his recipe and added some fresh cranberries to it and for the crumble mixture , I added more of the almonds and rolled oats to give it more crispness and reduced the sugar by half :) It turned out wonderful ! Every mouthful was delicious....not overly sweet and the crispness of the crumble with the chocolate ice cream had me addicted and now I am yearning for more. One great dessert for Christmas meal ! Quick to put together and can be assembled in advance and held in the fridge for a couple of hours until you are ready to bake them. I could not express more on how flavorful and delicious this crumble is ...I am speechless for now and I will let my photos tell the story :) Before that put on your bib and enjoy drooling * oink oink :)))
Plum And Cinnamon Crumble - adapted from Curtis Stone ' Relaxed Cooking With Curtis Stone '
2 lbs plums, halved, pitted,
each cut into 6 wedges
1/3 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
* I added fresh cranberries
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats ( not instant )
8 tbsp ( 1 styick ) cold unsalted butter cut into pieces
3/4 cup sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
vanilla ice cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350°F . To make the filling : Toss the plums, sugar and cinnamon sticks in an 8 inch square baking dish. Arrange the mixture evenly in the dish, tucking the cinnamon sticks beneath the plums.
To make the topping : Mix the flour, sugar and oats in a medium bowl to blend. Using your fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture until moist clumps form. Mix in the almonds. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the plum mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes, or until the juices are bubbling, the fruit is tender, and the topping is golden brown. Allow the crumble to stand at room temperature for 5 minutes before serving.
Spoon the crumble into bowls, discarding the cinnamon sticks and serve with vanilla ice cream.
Enjoy and have a great day !
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