The other day I was delighted to spy a brand new-to-me fruit in my local grocery store, a Lemon Plum!
Wikipedia says: A lemon plum is a rare fruit imported from Chile, it resembles the taste of a plum, and is very sweet and juicy. They have a similar shape to a lemon and when unripe they have a bright yellow color. As they ripen, their color changes from yellow to a golden orange and then finally to a dark sunset reddish purple when ripe. They have a slightly floral, very fragrant smell. Their peak availability in the United States is very short and is typically within the month of February.
They were nested there amongst a small selection of other stone fruits. I was drawn to their rounded tear drop shape and gorgeous color palate. They smelled fantastic so I scooped up a few and before I left the store I knew exactly what I was going to do with my new fruit find.
Last summer I came across a food.com recipe called Fresh Peach Crumble. I was really excited to try it but it wasn’t until it came out of the oven that I realized I did not follow the directions. Whoops! The result was not a crumble but a cobbler with a lovely biscuit crust. I was in love!
I have reworked the recipe a few more times and I couldn’t wait to try it with the Lemon Plums. When fresh they had a nice crisp taste playfully marrying the flavors of plum and lemon. After they were cooked the flavors deepened and the natural sugars caramelized deliciously.
On a week that I cooked the last of the Fall squash, prepped my garden for Spring, and watched Wintry snow fall past my windows – it seems only fitting to enjoy a dessert that is purely Summer.
Stone Fruit Cobbler
Inspired by Fresh Peach Crumble on food.com
- 8 cups sliced stone fruit
- 1 1/2 TB honey
- 2 TB Flour
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- zest of 1/2 a lemon (around 1 tsp)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 c. flour
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- scant 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/4 c. coconut oil (or butter), melted and cooled to room temperature
- Pre heat oven to 375 degrees
- In a large bowl toss fruit slices with honey, flour, cinnamon, lemon juice and zest.
- Arrange fruit in a glass or ceramic baking dish (11×7).
- In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients for the crust, add the beaten egg and oil.
- Drop small spoonfuls of dough over the fruit spreading it a little and making sure all areas get an equal amount.
- Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until crust is golden and no longer gooey.
Makes 8 Summery servings