Friday, October 2, 2009

Andrea's Healthy European Plum Cobbler

Growing up, my parents had several European plum (French prune) trees in their yard. So while it was plum season, my mom would make lots of plum cakes and tarts. They were delicious but not low in calories...

The other day I saw organic European plums at the market and just had to get some. Actually, I got a lot, and they ripened faster than I thought they would. So I had to find a way to use them quickly.

Since I'm not much of a baker, I was looking for an easy recipe and thought of a cobbler. I looked through quite a few recipes but all of them used lots of sugar and butter. So I decided to experiment a bit and came up with my own recipe.

I started by cutting about 3 cups of plums in quarters and drizzled them with lemon juice.

Then I mixed a tablespoon of sugar with a teaspoon of cinnamon and put the mixture onto the plums.
Next I made the topping by mixing together the following:
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of butter (set aside 1 tablespoon to melt and drizzle over the top later)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
I mixed all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then I cut the butter (less one tablespoon) into small pieces and put it on top of the dry ingredients and mixed them together. The mixture was crumbly but not as crumbly as if I had used more flour and butter...

I baked the cobbler at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Then I melted the tablespoon of butter I had set aside and poured it over the cobbler. I baked it for another 10 minutes. Here is the finished cobbler.

It was delicious. The fruit was nice and juicy and so flavorful. I think the "secret" was that the plums were the perfect ripeness.

Question: What's your favorite fruity dessert?

Be well,
Andrea

33 comments:

  1. That looks wonderful! I could've never come up with a recipe on my own like that (I'm not the best of bakers, either). Great work, it looks AMAZING!

    I love any dessert with cherries or apples - yumm! Cherry pie, unfortunately, is a favorite and an apple-cheddar strudel is up there, too : )

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  2. Mmm, lovely cobbler!!


    I've always loved cherry pie the best.

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  3. this one looks delicious!!!! Great job!
    I used to like apple pie, but as I learned that fruit after a meal would compromise digestion, I don't have fruits after meal anymore. :)

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  4. The plum cobbler looks very delicious :-)
    It would be perfect with a cup of black coffee.
    Angie's Recipes

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  5. Looks fantastic!! I like cobblers, of any type. But my favorite fruit dessert is fruit PIE! Or, fruity ice cream :) Strawberry or blueberry ice cream is so delicious.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe, and thoe story behind it, I loved it.

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  6. Oh wow that looks delicious! I love frozen yogurt with fruit on top or fruit sorbet!

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  7. WOW...the cobbler looks great! I really like peach/blueberry pie...

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  8. I love any fruit cobbler, crisp or pie. This cobbler looks really delicious - I love plums.

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  9. Looks great Andrea - don't think I've ever had a dessert w/ plum ...

    My fave fruity desserts are my mom's apple pie topped w/ a cheddar cheese crumble or her strawberry pizza (think shortbread topped w/ sweet cream cheese and then strawberries).

    Have a great weekend!

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  10. andrea this looks SO good! i have never actually had plum cobbler...kind of crazy, no? i think my fave is still my mom's apple crisp. my absolute fave!

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  11. well, right now...COBBLER it IS...

    NICE JOB...that looks FANTASTIC!

    I LOVE tweaking old stand bys and making them healthier and even MORE delish!

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  12. Looks great- I had no idea that European plums were different (I've never eaten American ones!)

    My favourite fruity dessert is a recipe that has been handed down through my family- it's called rotten fruit pie! Basically it uses all the fruit on hand that is REALLY ripe...anything goes, but must include two bananas. The topping it an almond flavour pastry. So good warm with vanilla ice cream!

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  13. That is one beautiful creation! You were so smart to use authentic ingredients but just less of them. So many people head straight for the artificial sweeteners and leave off even a bit of butter and end up with disastrous and unhealthy results. Wish I had been there to distract you and grab a spoonful!

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  14. Blueberry cobbler or apple pie!

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  15. What a delicious looking cobbler!My favorite fruity dessert is blueberry cobbler, and I bet I would enjoy the plum one!

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  16. I need to get me some plums. That's one thing I haven't had yet. Yummy cobbler.

    I love fruit tarts. I used to get these mini version my a bakery a couple blocks from where I lived. BEST. FRUIT. TARTS. EVER. At least, for me they are. Always fresh and delicious.

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  17. Hmmm, fruit dessert? I'd have to say homemade wild blueberry pie. Or apple crisp.

    Guess what I'm having for dinner? Parmesan sweet potato fries and salmon patties. I love your food!

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  18. Oh, my gosh, that looks so lovely! I will make some of that!

    My favourite fruity desert is something similar, but with rhubarb, but I have a feeling the plum one may well supersede it!

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  19. Andrea- that looks fabulously delicious!!

    My favorite fruity dessert is a caramel apple pie from a restaurant where I waited tables in college- it was delicious!

    Have a great weekend!!

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  20. I love quetches (that's how we call them in French) and very popular where I come from. We make tarts with them during fall as well. Your cobbler looks delicious! I will go look around if I can find them in the stores in CA.

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  21. Oh man does that look fantastic! I have some vanilla ice cream that needs something to be on and this definately fits the bill. Thanks for sharing it with us. see ya around Foodbuzz.

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  22. I love european plums! My aunt has a tree in her back yard and gave us a huge bag full. It was gone a couple days later :P

    A fresh peach pie is the most recent fruity dessert I had, and it was sooo delicious! Thanks for that healthier version! I don't mind a little bit of butter and sugar (but not loaded), but I prefer my desserts whole grain, so this is perfect!

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  23. OMG ! That looks so good! I've never had European Plums and I don't think I've ever seen them at my grocery store.

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  24. I love me so cobbler fo sure! Nicely done. I've never had a cobbler made with oats but I think it adds a nice heartiness to the homemade feel of cobbler. Cheers!

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  25. I really like cobblers, especially with vanilla ice cream-- my most favorite fruit dessert has to be fruit hand pies made with a simple pastry crust. I made so many of them this past summer!

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  26. My favorite fruity dessert is a toss up between baked apples and apple cake! Baked apples are more healthy, but apple cake is awfully tasty!

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  27. This looks good. Wish I could bake :)

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  28. oh, perfect dessert to go with vanilla ice-cream!

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  29. Beautiful plums. Your cobbler looks delicious!

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  30. Great fall recipe. I grew up with prunes, my grandparents had prune trees around the house.

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  31. oh wow, i was just thinking the other day how long it has been since I've eaten plums. This is wonderful dessert, I love the topping too

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  32. This looks delicious! I can't believe you made it with such little amount of sugar and butter - total plus that it's healthy too!

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