Damson plums, also known as “wild plums,” have an intriguing history that dates back to ancient civilizations. These small, tart fruits were utilized both for culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. (What is Damson?) Despite their widespread popularity in the past, damson plums have become less common, however, they are making a resurgence as individuals rediscover their unique flavor and versatility in the kitchen. (See Damson Recipes)
One of the most beloved dishes featuring damson plums is the ever-delicious damson plum crumble. A crumble is a delightful dessert comprised of fruit and a crumbly topping. The fruit is baked with a mixture of flour, sugar, oats, and butter, creating a crisp and crunchy topping. The juicy fruit paired with the crunchy topping provides a delightful contrast of textures and flavors. (See also Damson Plum Crumble and Damson Cake for other great options)
The simplicity and ease of preparation make this dessert ideal for any season or event. The addition of damson plums adds a tart and sweet twist to the classic crumble recipe. (See also Damson Jam Recipe and Damson and Apple Jam for some other Damson uses.
Making a mouth-watering crumble requires a crumbly, not dense, topping. To achieve this, it’s essential to mix the ingredients until clumps of moist sand form. A dense topping will result in a chewy and tough texture, rather than the desired crisp and crunchy outcome.
Keep a close eye on the topping during baking to prevent over-browning. Covering the topping with aluminum foil will prevent burning and allow the fruit to continue cooking.
The versatility of the damson plum crumble allows it to be served warm or cold, depending on personal preference. It pairs perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. The combination of warm, juicy fruit and crunchy topping creates a delightful and satisfying dessert that will impress even the most discerning of palates.
Overall, the damson plum crumble is a classic dessert with a unique twist. The combination of tart and sweet damson plums and crunchy topping creates a delicious and satisfying dessert that is perfect for any season and event.
Whether you’re an experienced cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is straightforward and sure to impress. So, don’t hesitate to give it a try and experience the joy of damson plum crumble!
Damson Crumble Recipe
- 6 cups of fresh damson plums pitted and sliced
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter cut into small pieces
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced damson plums, white sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until the plums are evenly coated.
- Transfer the plum mixture to a 9×13 inch baking dish.
- In the same mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, and butter. Use your hands to mix the ingredients together until a crumbly texture forms.
- Sprinkle the crumbly mixture evenly over the plum mixture in the baking dish.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!
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