Fresh Plum Crumb Dessert Recipe
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Fresh Plum Crumb Dessert Recipe

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Talk about comfort food, here's a delectable example from Janet Fahrenbruck-Lynch, the winner in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her old-fashioned dessert has the perfect sweet-tart balance with its fresh-plum tang and sweet, crispy topping. Imagine it warm from the oven, served with a scoop of ice cream…yum!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 7 large plums, pitted and quartered
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 358 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 253mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine the plums, brown sugar, 3 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, baking powder, salt, mace and remaining flour. Add egg; stir with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over plum mixture. Drizzle with butter.
  3. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until plums are tender and top is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Fresh Plum Crumb Dessert in Taste of Home August/September 2007, p49

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Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"I made this from plums on our tree that had been in the freezer since last season. The skins come off very easily after plums have been frozen so that was a bonus. We all thought this dessert was delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream. To the poor guy, L. Seeton, whose wife turned her nose up after he went to the trouble of making a lovely dessert for her, I'd say keep the recipe and lose the wife ;)"

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2016

"I made this while my wife was out for the day. Seams like a bust as she say it's a DUMPLING. She pointed to the egg and the baking powder in the recipe which makes it a dumpling so she says. Guess I will bee eating it by myself."

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"This is my 'go to' recipe when I have extra plums, or just craving this dessert - it is so tasty and easy to make. Love it! Definitely a 'keeper' that I have made many times since discovering this recipe. Thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"I generally do not rate recipes but felt so strongly about this, that and exception was made. This was, without a doubt, the very best cobbler/pie that I have ever tasted. I also substituted nutmeg for mace since there was none on hand. I've sampled many cobbler recipes in many restaurants, at church picnics, neighbors homes, not to mention my own. If you don't try this while the plums are still in season, you are missing out on the tastiest explosion of fruit, crunchy topping, buttery richness, and plain old heavenly goodness this summer has to offer. Go ahead. You won't be disappointed!"

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2014

"If I could give this 6 stars I would! I had never had baked plums before and was a little hesitant to try it, but had a plethora of extra plums. I know I will make this again and again because my family and I couldn't stop eating it. Delicious! Like other reviews I used nutmeg in place of mace because it's what I had on hand."

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