Easier Than Pie Plum Crumble


Pies are fun. They really are. I like making them and I like eating them. But good grief sometimes they’re just a hassle. Making two crusts and chilling them and trying to keep the bottom crust from getting soggy. Then rolling and crimping and egg washing. Much easier to just dump some oats on top of your fruit and call it a day.

In fact, if you don’t make a crumble this summer, you’re wrong.


Buy a bunch of stone fruits. Chop them up and cover them with oats and throw them in the oven. Fire up the grill. Set the table outside. Scoop too big servings of crumble. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

That last one is mandatory. Just FYI.


What you’re going to do is toss together some sliced plums (or other stone fruit of your choice) in a pie plate– no need to dirty an extra bowl. Add some sugar for a bit of sweetness, lemon and cinnamon for flavor, and cornstarch to thicken things up so your filling isn’t runny. Top it all with a mix of oats, walnuts, and honey. It’s like pie…except a whole heck of a lot easier.


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Easier Than Pie Plum Crumble


For the filling

About 9 or 10 plums, sliced
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Juice of 1/2 lemon

For the crumble

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup honey
2 Tablespoons oil


Preheat oven to 350F. Place the sliced plums in a 9-inch pie plate. Sprinkle the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon over the plums and add the lemon juice. Toss to coat.

In a large bowl, toss together the oats, walnuts, salt, and cinnamon. Add the honey and oil and stir until fully coated and beginning to clump together. Spread the oats evenly over the plums and smooth with the back of a spoon. Bake for 50-60 minutes until browned and the plums are bubbling.


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