Prunes – The quintessential food for the geriatric set. Not exactly what you might reach for when making a dessert, especially in this apple-obsessed season (myself included). However, a recent trip to the grocery and the misreading of a label resulted in me acquiring about 30 of these little purple gems. A quick web search informed me that my plums were prune plums – only fresh, not dried. Not sure what to do with these tart little fruits, I looked up some recipes, spliced them together and came up with Italian Prune Plum Crisp.
Italian Plum Crisp
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 stick of butter (room temperature)
Mix plums with lemon juice and sugar and pour into a buttered 9″ baking pan. Combine flour, brown sugar, vanilla extract and butter until coarse. Sprinkle crumbles over plums. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour until plums are tender and topping is lightly browned. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.