Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Plum crazy for fall

I found some lovely, luscious Italian plums in the Phoenix Market in Orleans, and I brought them in to the Church office, washed them, and placed them in a basket on the counter to share with all my visitors. I was very surprised that so many folks had never tasted them.

Our sexton, Larry, had never seen even them before. I couldn't believe it. "You've really never seen Italian plums?" I asked him.

"No...we don't have Italian plums in Ireland," he said.

Well, oh-kay then.

The basket was empty by the end of the day, and I wanted to make a Clafouti with the, so I stopped and picked up another brown bagful on my way home. Traditionally, clafouti is baked with the pits in, supposedly to impart the flavor of almond, but I really don't like the idea of picking stones out of a baked good, so I fiddled with a couple of recipes, and added a touch of almond extract.

Oh, my. It looked so fabulous!

Well, here's the thing though. I brought this to the Reppucci family Labor Day cookout (we always have steamers and lobster on Labor Day). It was a reduced crowd this year. My brother Paul and his family had other plans, and my brother Steve was busy with his ice cream shop. And of course, my darling sister Cathy and her family is in Florida. So that left my sisters, Claire and Susan, and their families, and my mom and dad. Turns out that most of them either were stuffed with all the goodies that Claire had made (she's a really great baker) or they just weren't into custard-based desserts.

Oh, well, their loss. The plums (via the clafouti) went back to the Church on Tuesday, and I'm happy to say that everything there loved it!

What struck me most about this, was how sweet plums become in the baking -- and I've got a sheath of plum cake recipes I'd like to try. Don't you think it's a lovely fall dessert? I love the rich color of this fruit!

So here's the recipe; let me know what you think...

Plum Clafouti

Turn oven to 375 degrees.

2 Tablespoons honey

15 small Italian-style plums


3 eggs

1 1/3 cup whole milk

2/3 cup flour

3 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon almond extract

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Sparkling sugar

Butter a fluted tart or quiche pan, and drizzle half the honey along the bottom. Cut plums in half, and arrange in a pretty circular pattern with the cut side down. Drizzle remainder of honey on top, and dust with cinnamon from a shaker.

In a blender, mix batter ingredients. Pour batter over plums.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, until firmly set and nicely brown.

Dust with sparkling (crystallized, non melting sugar).

Serve warm or at room temperature. Yummy with a dollop of whipped cream!

The DIY Show Off


  1. THAT LOOKS SO DELICIOUS! I've never had plum dessert, let alone even an Italian-style plum! It sounds like something out of a fairy tale and it looks so good too! Just might have to try this. Perfect for fall. :)

    Thanks so much for adding your recipe to the Fall Festival!



  2. I got a plum tree full of ripe plums and didn't know what to do with them besides eat them. Now I do!!!

  3. AAhhh..Cape Cod...one of my favorite places on earth - lucky you!! I lived in Hyannisport years ago and still miss the smell of the ocean and the serenity of the views!


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