Meantime, I thought I’d blog a dessert I made just about two weeks ago when, you’ll remember, there were still peaches in the stores. Maybe they were “The Last Peach(es) of summer!” I began by looking at a Plum Crunch Ina Garten had made on tv and found the recipe in her BACK TO BASICS COOKBOOK. I didn’t really have all of the ingredients, so I began to experiment a bit. Mixing fruits, cutting sugar… You get the idea.
8 holiday plums, peeled and cut into fourths*
2 peaches, peeled and cut into eighths
½ c blueberries, fresh or frozen
¼ cup flour
2/3 c white, granulated sugar
1 ½ c unbleached, white flour
½ c ea granulated white and light brown sugar, packed
½ t kosher salt
1 c old-fashioned oats
½ c chopped pecans
2 sticks (1c) cold butter, cut into pieces.
8 scoops vanilla ice cream or 1 c whipped cream, optional
Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray the inside of a 2qt or 12×8” baking dish.
Combine fruit, ¼ c flour, sugar and brandy. Pour into baking dish.
*If using all plums, increase plums from 8 to 12.
Caught between the bounty of summer’s harvest and the watchful, waiting Advent brings, I made this dessert one day and went to rehearsal to practice the Christmas portion of “The Messiah.” Working behind and ahead! can be an unusual process for a faithful cook.