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Fresh Plum Crumb Dessert

My old-fashioned dessert has the perfect sweet-tart balance with its fresh-plum tang and sweet, crispy topping. Imagine it warm from the oven, served with a scoop of ice cream…yum! —Janet Fahrenbruck-Lynch, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 7 large plums, pitted and quartered
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted


  • In a large bowl, combine the plums, brown sugar, 3 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Spoon into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar, baking powder, salt, mace and remaining flour. Add egg; stir with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over plum mixture. Drizzle with butter.
  • Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until plums are tender and top is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 358 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 253mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Lexy
    Aug 1, 2020

    I made this with plums that had gotten “lost” in the fridge and were starting to shrivel. No problem with getting the family to eat them now!

  • Irey
    Apr 25, 2020

    Delicious!!! I’ve never made a plum cobbler before but this turned out delicious!!! A keeper!

  • knollbrookcook
    Jul 13, 2019

    I am reviewing this again today because I made it with 4 cups of strawberries instead of plums. I used white sugar and cut the cinnamon down to 1/2 teaspoon. It was delicious. So easy.

  • analenan
    Nov 23, 2017

    Perfect! I put slightly less sugar (bc I do things like that) so it was a bit tart but still wonderful! I heard some compliments on it at the Thanksgiving table so I'm happy!

  • kckamargo63
    Jul 24, 2017

    Very good. I didn't use all the sugar required in the recipe so it was a bit tart.

  • foodfoodfood
    Jul 17, 2016

    No comment left

  • islandgal59
    Apr 10, 2016

    I made this from plums on our tree that had been in the freezer since last season. The skins come off very easily after plums have been frozen so that was a bonus. We all thought this dessert was delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream. To the poor guy, L. Seeton, whose wife turned her nose up after he went to the trouble of making a lovely dessert for her, I'd say keep the recipe and lose the wife ;)

  • L.Seeton
    Jan 27, 2016

    I made this while my wife was out for the day. Seams like a bust as she say it's a DUMPLING. She pointed to the egg and the baking powder in the recipe which makes it a dumpling so she says. Guess I will bee eating it by myself.

  • Amethyst_Chick
    Aug 21, 2014

    This is my 'go to' recipe when I have extra plums, or just craving this dessert - it is so tasty and easy to make. Love it! Definitely a 'keeper' that I have made many times since discovering this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  • Akie
    Jun 22, 2014

    I generally do not rate recipes but felt so strongly about this, that and exception was made. This was, without a doubt, the very best cobbler/pie that I have ever tasted. I also substituted nutmeg for mace since there was none on hand. I've sampled many cobbler recipes in many restaurants, at church picnics, neighbors homes, not to mention my own. If you don't try this while the plums are still in season, you are missing out on the tastiest explosion of fruit, crunchy topping, buttery richness, and plain old heavenly goodness this summer has to offer. Go ahead. You won't be disappointed!