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Fresh Plum Crumb Dessert Recipe

Fresh Plum Crumb Dessert Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Fresh Plum Crumb Dessert

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islandgal59 User ID: 8829717 246860
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 ;)"

L.Seeton User ID: 8720542 242703
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."

Amethyst_Chick User ID: 1461222 153703
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!"

Akie User ID: 4392346 99301
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!"

beccalynn88 User ID: 7763269 154334
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."

wilsonfamily05 User ID: 5385448 154330
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"We were given wild plums from a friend's plum tree, more than we could eat before they would go bad, so I searched for a recipe I could use them in and came across this one. It was a HUGE hit with my whole family! I followed the tips that ninnielee8 gave in her review and also used nutmeg in place of the mace. I will definitely be sharing this recipe and asking our friend for more plums! Thank you Janet Fahrenbruck-Lynch for sharing this amazing dessert!"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 107579
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

"This was very good, but I had to guess on the volume of plums. I had already sliced plums from the box of "seconds" that I got at a farmer's market. I guessed that 7 large plums would be about a quart of plums; I guessed too high. If you are using pre-sliced plums, use between 2.5 and 3 cups, not in excess of 4. My 2 quart pan (7x11) overflowed all over my oven, set off the smoke detector, and smoked a lot. OR, if you do use 4 cups of sliced plums, make sure you use a 3 quart or 9x13 pan! Enjoy!"

ninnielee8 User ID: 6943033 168838
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"This was THE HIT at our big BBQ this weekend. I've never cooked with plums before. I had a box of plums I'd bought, and it looked like they were going to go to waste until I came across this recipe. It was delicious. Everyone chose it over brownies, chocolate pie, and lemon pie. I felt like the belle of the ball! Everyone just went on and on about how delicious it was. I didn't melt the butter, but rather cut it into the flour/sugar/mace mixture and crumbled it over the plums. Best "crust" ever. Also, I just placed the cut plums (skin down) in my buttered dish and mashed the brown sugar mixture into and onto the plums rather than mix it with the plums. I will definitely be making this any time I can get my hands on plums!!!!!"

practicalfocus User ID: 6754930 153702
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"This recipe is fabulous and so simple! In June the plum tree in my front yard this year offered up an unusually healthy crop and I set about baking something every day to take advantage of my good fortune. I made first this Fresh Plum Crumb dessert and then proceeded to make an array of plum cobbler, plum crumbcake, and plum bundt cakes. After all of that I have to say that this Fresh Plum Crumb dessert is definitely my favorite--so much so that I continued to make it over and over again every few days (as soon as we could consume it) to keep pace with all the available plums. I am writing this after making this recipe for the seventh time! It's just that good and that simple! Absolutely best warm with creamy vanilla ice cream. This recipe's a real keeper! I still have enough plums for at least three more....Love it! I'm so glad I found this recipe!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1724652 154323
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I had some leftover plums and some leftover pears, so I put them all together in this recipe and it was excellent!! I can't stop eating it."

Loves2Cook4Family User ID: 6166872 168738
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2011

"Super easy and delicious!!!! I used butter in the crumb mixture. I am going to make it with peaches."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 209173
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"This turned out so well and so quick. No need to peel. Definitely serve with a scoop of ice cream"

SusanMarie1956 User ID: 2906299 97913
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2008

"Does any one know if this works great other fruits?


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