Plum Crisp with Dried Raisins for KitchenAid Contest (IFBM 2014) | Step by Step Recipe


[Updated on 3rd July 2014] This recipe has won the KitchenAid India contest at Indian Food Blogger Meet held at Bangalore. It was an absolute pleasure to be appreciated on such an amazing platform and it gives me that much needed boost to cook, learn and write more. Thank You!.

Let's talk today about an easy dessert recipe using plums. Remember this Homemade Fruit at Bottoms I posted sometime last year? Well, I thought there was no better way to enjoy this tart fruit other than with yogurt. It is like match made in heaven: stewed plums + cold yogurt. Today's recipe proved me completely wrong and am so glad it did. :-) Read on to get the recipe for Plum Crisp with Dried Raisins

Yes, that's me. Quietly sitting in our balcony, watching the rain and digging into the hot jar of plum crisp.
It was a day I thought would never end with many unexpected twists and curve balls thrown at me from every situation. By 4pm, I was exhausted beyond words and all I wanted to do was dig my head into a blanket and hope the rest of the day would magically disappear. Well, as expected it didn't. After 15 long minutes, I dragged myself into my favorite place in the entire house - my kitchen. At times like these, when nothing is going as anticipated, I try to look for instant gratification and cooking/baking gives me exactly that. A pep talk with myself, a pat on my back reassuring that this too shall pass and to resurrect my hope for a better times ahead.


Remembering what Ralph Waldo Emerson once said - "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget then as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall being it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense", I picked up the bag of these gorgeous plums patiently waiting on our dinner table and put my nonsensical day past me by making this lovely Plum Crisp with Dried Raisins. In just over half an hour of baking, the plums were stewed to almost like a jam-like consistency, with few bites of almond crumbs here and there, it tasted irresistible ..a perfect ending to an imperfect day, I must say..!

...blanched almonds..

Plum Crisp with Dried Raisins

Time: 45 to 50 mins
Serves 1

Notes:

How to blanch almonds in 2 minutes: Boil water in a bowl and add almonds to it. Turn off heat in exactly one minute and immediately rinse under cold water. Dry with paper towels and squeeze out the outer skins.

Ingredients:

2 to 3 small plums, seed removed and cut into thin strips
1/4 tsp cornstarch (optional)
few tbsp of dried raisins
2 tbsp blanched almonds (See Notes above)
1/4 cup all purpose flour (maida)
2 tbsp brown sugar (add more based on the tartness of the plums)
1/2 tsp orange zest
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 tbsp cold butter

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. (180 C). Grease mason jars with butter. Set aside. Place blanched almonds in a skillet and toast over medium heat for 4 to5 mins or until browned. Cool.


2. Grind almonds to coarse crumbs.


3. Add flour, brown sugar, orange zest and vanilla extract. Pulse to combine. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and gently use fingers to incorporate evenly the cold butter.


4. For a thicker consistency, coat the plum quarters in cornstarch. Spread them at the bottom of the jar and then scatter dried raisins over them. Top with almond crumb mixture. Bake for 35 to 40 mins or until top has browned.


The luscious plum crisp is ready to dig in. 


This is my entry to KitchenAid Contest, open exclusively for participants of Indian Food Blogger Meet 2014 scheduled to happen in Bangalore on August 1st and 2nd 2014. 

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1 comment :

  1. Its raining like nobodys business right now, its just 9.45 am and I am thinking this would have made a perfect warm breakfast RIGHT NOW! If only I had plums!

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