I think I've mentioned (possibly too many times) that I don't cook and bake the way I used to. My lunches for the week get all the attention now. All the pies, cookies, cakes and lemon bars are made for special occasions.
The definition of "special occasion" around here covers all the usual stuff, but it's been widened a little to include my book club. Which isn't really so much a book club, but an excuse to gather and eat good food (and when I say food, I mostly mean cheese).
Normally, when a book club date is put on the calendar, I've already got something in mind that I want to make. But earlier this month, as the date for our gathering approached, I just wasn't feeling it. I couldn't think of anything I wanted to make. And as I stood in my kitchen shrugging my shoulders, I happened to glance down at a bowl of plums that I had received a couple days earlier from a friend's tree.
Cue a tiny light bulb barely flickering.
So I went to the internets to see if I could find a recipe that called for plums, was gluten free, used ingredients I already had on hand, and could be put together without much trouble.
I didn't have to look very hard. Gluten-free girl had me covered with a Plum Crumble. And not just any old crumble, but "the best crumble you will ever eat". Hard to say no to that, right?
And would you believe I had all the ingredients? Okay, it's not the most complicated recipe ever, but I was fully prepared to leave out the crystallized ginger, EXCEPT I HAD SOME.
It was like the universe wanted me to make a plum crumble. So that's exactly what I did.
And it was AMAZING.
The recipe is pretty simple, and it went together in a snap. Since there's not a ton of topping, it doesn't need a lot of flour, and that makes for a gluten free dessert that doesn't taste like a gluten free dessert which is a win-win for everyone involved.
I served it at book club with a little bit of vanilla ice cream. I thought I'd have a bunch of leftovers (there were only five of us), but I came home with one remaining serving. Which I think says a lot about this little plum crumble. It's a winner.