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What to do with a bunch of plums?

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A friend just dropped off nearly a tree's worth of what I think are either little plums or Italian prune plums (I think just regular -- there is some green on the skin).

I can not decide on a recipe to make! I was thinking about plum crisp (inspired by Sarah Leah Chase and Ina Garten)...then I recall the plum kuchen recipe from NYT from not long ago.

There was some talk awhile back about the same recipe -- which calls for those italian prune plums.

What about traditional plum recipes? I'm thinking most likely a fruit centric dessert -- like a crisp --- that I can serve with vanilla ice cream.

Do you have a favorite preparation you recommend that I should try?

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  1. There is a legendary recipe on this board for Galleygirl's Plum Tart...will try to find the link for you; so many have raved about it! Okay, it was for a PEAR tart but others have successfully used plums in this...gotta sign off, huge thunderstorm approaching...here's the link:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/283632

    1. There is already an active thread on this same topic: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/324690

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      1. re: greygarious

        No, the ones I have aren't Italian. I think the Italian ones are more sour, and I fear the ones I have are not as sour. I don't want to prepare an overly sweet treat. Im defintely looking up this pear tart though - thanks!

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        1. re: allieb2031

          As mentioned in the other thread, they are sour when under-ripe, and quite sweet when ripe. If they look like the little purple ones sold in the supermarkets, that is what they are - Italian plums, also called prune plums.

      2. My Uncle used to make Plum jam, so delicious!!!