Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Mar 12, 2008 05:26 PM

Quick desserts for sour plums?

I bought probably 10 or 12 plums from Trader Joe's about 10 days ago (maybe longer) and they're just not ripening. I'd like to make them into something quick, easy and yummy before they just outright spoil--maybe a Clafouti? I found a recipe on the site for a plum torte that also has possibilities, but wanted to get recs from chowhounders before I decide since these plums are particularly hard and sour--for ex., if I make a Clafouti, should I maybe sautee the plums with a little butter and sugar first to cut the sourness, or would that make the whole thing too cloying?

Any other recipes that I could throw together pretty easily are much appreciated, too!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. i don't have a recipe right now...but i would think a plum crisp would be very nice....rhubarb after all is very sour, and i just love that in a crisp.

    1 Reply
    1. re: im_nomad

      I second the crisp idea. I made an extremely successful crisp once with sour plums (I think they were a type that is just sour by nature) and blueberries.

      Some sort of compote, possibly mixed with another fruit, is another possibility.

    2. Here's a plum tart from Sara Moulton I would taste the plums after cooking and see if they need additional sugar/sweetner. Ina Garten also has done plum crisp on her show, but can't seem to find the recipe offhand. Good Luck!

      1. If you want another plum torte recipe, here's the one my grandmother gave me:

        Sylvia’s Plum Torte

        1 cup sugar
        1/2 cup butter
        a dash of vanilla (I added this. You could also probably add lemon zest.)
        1 cup unbleached flour, sifted
        1 teaspoon baking powder (you can sift into flour)
        pinch of salt
        2 eggs beat with fork to mix
        6-8 plums or pluots, halved and pitted (I like to use different kinds/colors for aesthetics and flavor)

        1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 tsp or more cinnamon (grandma uses 1/2 cup sugar)
        lemon juice

        Cream sugar and butter until light. Add flour, baking powder,salt and eggs and beat well.
        Spoon the batter into a 9-inch springform pan.
        Cover the top with the halved plums, skin side u[p. Sprinkle lightly with mixed sugar & cinnamon and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

        Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Remove and cool. Refrigerate or freeze if desired, or cool to lukewarm and serve plain with vanilla ice cram or whipped cream (which Grandma prefers).

        To serve frozen torte, defrost and reheat briefly at 300 degrees.