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Lots of fresh plums. any thoughts how to use them up to feed a bunch of guys?

suzigirl Sep 1, 2012 05:09 PM

I got a large basket of #2 plums and my bf also got some fresh non bruised ones. I also have a few nectarines and a couple granny smiths and a few bananas in the freezer. I was thinking fruit butter w the plums and apples. I hate to see them waste as I got them for a steal. There are almost all guys at bfs work so I practice making sweets to hone my skills and his Co workers get the benifits. What to make for non fru fru guys? If i end up making butter they also get my fresh bread. What would you make? I have no rolled oats to make a crisp. Just putting that info out there. Thanx

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    docfood Sep 1, 2012 05:12 PM

    I'd be making plum kuchen. It is a german dessert with an egg butter crust and sliced fruit on top.

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      suzigirl Sep 1, 2012 05:21 PM

      Can I use the slightly bruised fruit? Would it matter?

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        magiesmom Sep 1, 2012 05:51 PM

        it would be fine

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        greygarious Sep 2, 2012 11:41 AM

        Search for recipes calling it "pflaumekuchen". Or do as Mom did: make a sugar cookie dough, press it into a pie pan or tart shell, and arrange quartered plums, cut side up, in concentric circles.
        Sprinkle with sugar mixed with cinnamon and/or cardamom, and bake at 350 until the crust is nicely browned. When cool, brush with melted jelly - can be apple, currant, or quince. Serve warm or at room temp.

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          RUK Sep 2, 2012 02:06 PM

          That would be Pflaumenkuchen, and I made one last week. It works best with with Italian Prunes, but most other fruits will work well too. (Using other fruits I have added on occasion a Meringue at the last minutes of baking. That is usually well liked.)
          You simply roll out a yeast dough ( add a couple of Eggs, a bit of sugar or honey, butter, Flour to your liquid ( warm water and Milk 50:50) to which you have added the appropriate amount of yeast. ( think sweeter version of Pizza dough)
          Roll out on large Cookie sheet, layer cut Plums as said. I sprinkle Cinnamon and Sugar on top of fruit, addd small amounts of unsalted butter here and there and bake.
          That's for the Thueringer version.....

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        Dirtywextraolives Sep 1, 2012 05:25 PM

        Cobbler, brown betty, slump, grunt? Some of those don't require rolled oats.

        Cake, like an apple cake?

        Tart, like a free form rustic one?

        Ice cream, sorbet or granita?

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          suzigirl Sep 1, 2012 06:34 PM

          Love the name because I am a hot and dirty martini w extra olives martini girl. The reccomondations are excellent but I am a novice w sweets. If you have one or two recipes or websites it would be greatly appreciated. Thanx

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            Dirtywextraolives Sep 1, 2012 10:15 PM

            Yum, thanks! Actually I don't have a website for you on these. While recommending them I was thinking of my Joy of Cooking cookbook, which I refer to when looking for classic dessert recipes like these! I will be happy to paraphrase one or two if you want to give me some idea of which you are interested in.

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              suzigirl Sep 2, 2012 10:06 AM

              Help w the slump or grunt because I haven't heard of these would be great

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                Dirtywextraolives Sep 2, 2012 01:51 PM

                Sure!  Paraphrasing from my Joy of Cooking cookbook, a slump or grunt is steamed fruit topped with dumplings.  Grunts are usually steamed in a mold, and then inverted to be served.  Slumps are cooked in a covered saucepan, and served with the dumpling side up.

                For a slump & 6-8 servings, you will need:

                1 1/2 cups of a.p. flour
                2 tsp. baking powder
                1/2 tsp salt
                Whisk together in a bowl.
                Add & stir just until dry ingredients are wet:
                1 cup milk
                1/4 cup of unsalted butter, melted & cooled
                Combine in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan w a tight fitting lid.  Stir until sugar has dissolved:
                1 cup water
                1/2 cup sugar
                Halve & pit your fruit, about two pounds if using all one fruit, a pound each if using two different fruits.
                Add the fruit to the sugar water, cover & bring to a boil.  Reduce heat & simmer for about 10 minutes and keep it covered.
                Remove the lid & quickly cover the fruit with spoonfuls of the batter.  Put lid back on and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.  check the dumplings for doneness, but don't let a lot of steam escape.   They should appear firm and feel dry.  If not done yet, cover and continue steaming for 5-10 more minutes.  Serve with whipped cream, ice cream or sweetened yogurt.

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                  suzigirl Sep 2, 2012 02:05 PM

                  That sounds simple and tasty. Even a newbie to the sweet desserts like me can handle this one. Thanks bunches. :-)

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                    Dirtywextraolives Sep 2, 2012 02:34 PM

                    You are very welcome! I cannot imagine that this would not go over big with a bunch of hungry guys! Good luck!

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                      suzigirl Sep 2, 2012 02:46 PM

                      I am leaning towards this one and the cat in the kitchen one from Island. Its a plum and cheesecake ripple concoction. Yum for cheesecake anything.

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                        Dirtywextraolives Sep 2, 2012 03:38 PM

                        I hear you & don't blame you one bit!

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          beanodc Sep 1, 2012 06:03 PM

          Tart, torte, or clafouti. Google the New York Times plum torte recipe. For years it was their most requested recipe.

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            suzigirl Sep 1, 2012 06:20 PM

            Googling away.

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            dianne0712 Sep 1, 2012 07:21 PM

            I second the clafouti! Plum is my favourite. Just tell them it's plums in custard. Also, I never use oats in my crisp topping, just flour, so go for it.

            1. ipsedixit Sep 1, 2012 10:28 PM

              Wine.

              http://www.grapestomper.com/recplum.html

              1. Paprikaboy Sep 2, 2012 03:13 AM

                I'd make a plum chutney.
                This can be eaten with cheese or meat and as a bloke I do like a good chutney.
                The link below also has other plum recipes including a plum salsa which looks interesting.

                http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

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                  suzigirl Sep 2, 2012 10:07 AM

                  Great , thanks.

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                  travelerjjm Sep 2, 2012 10:21 AM

                  Yesterday's (9/1/2012) Wall Street Journal Weekend had a great article with tasty sounding plum recipes. The online version is behind a paywall. You might try a friend or library.

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                    suzigirl Sep 2, 2012 10:35 AM

                    Cool. Thanks. I need to check that out.

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                    Island Sep 2, 2012 02:24 PM

                    I've made this a few times and it's always gobbled up:

                    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Plum-Streusel-Coffeecake-13137

                    Coffee cakes and quick breads seem to go over with the guys at work no matter what's in them. Fruit crisp and crumbles would also be good. A plum compote to serve over your favorite cheesecake or ice cream.

                    Haven't made these yet, but both look tasty.

                    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Plum-Blackberry-Streusel-Pie-354233

                    http://www.acatinthekitchen.com/2008/...

                    Lots of recipes out there for BBQ sauce with plums in it.

                    Friend of mine has a plum tree and makes jam and I use that in filled cookies.

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                      suzigirl Sep 2, 2012 02:42 PM

                      The cat in the kitchen recipe looks outstanding. Sweet tart and creamy all at once. Wow.

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                        Island Sep 2, 2012 02:55 PM

                        Yeah I thought so too. If you try it please let us know how it works out. I'm plumless now, but it's on my list. I'm not a cheesecake fan, but oddly I like to make them and they're always a hit. I do like dessert with a little cream cheese mixed in like this or cream cheese brownies.

                        I too practice my baking skills by unloading the goodies on my husband's coworkers who are always more than happy to inhale homemade baked goods. I get a taste without having all those calories lying around tempting me. It's win-win!

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                          suzigirl Sep 2, 2012 03:32 PM

                          Yeah, lets tell it like it is.... none of the guys say "oh damn, Suzi made brownies again". And i like the reviews from them and like you said, I get a trest without a whole cake mocking me. :-)

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