It is cold outside…

…and I haven´t been 100% for the last few days. Sneezing, headache and a sore throat, it feels like the dreary winter has arrived. And the work that I am doing, writing up a literature review, seems endless at the moment.

But at least, I have a crumble pie (and some chocolate) to comfort me. Best of all, it is a plum pie! I love stoned fruits – plums, nectarines, apricots and peaches. As summer has left, their season is coming to an end soon. Being greedy, I am trying to enjoy their presence as much as possible. I have made some lovely peach jam that will last me through winter. And since my plums aren´t very sweet, they go into the crumble pie I have been talking about. (Nectarine and apricots are my top favorites, so they never last for more than 3 days).

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I don´t know what I love most about this pie – the flaky crust, the rich nutty crumble or the tangy moist plums. The flavors just melt together in my mouth. And the hint of cinnamon & nutmeg keeps me warm. Total comfort, that´s how I describe it.

The recipe below is adapted from Apple Crumble Pie recipe by Rose Levy Beranbaum. The addition of peach jam sweetens and moistens the plums a little. My home-made jam isn´t too sweet, so the end result tastes just right for me. But I do have a sweet tooth at the moment (I blame it on the weather), so you may want to omit the jam altogether.

This is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging, an event created by Kalyn, which I am hosting this week. Please send your entry to anhnguyen118 at gmail dot com by Easter Monday April 7 to participate.

Plum Crumble Pie

This pie requires long hours of chilling. Do read the recipe carefully and plan your schedule accordingly.

Ingredients

1 quantity flaky cream cheese pie crust

½ large egg white, lightly beaten

1kg plum, peeled, cored and sliced to ¼ inch thick

1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/3 cup light brown sugar

¼ cup castor (granulated) sugar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

¼ tsp salt

28g unsalted butter

2 tsp cornstarch

Streusel Topping

1 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar

1 tbsp castor (granulated) sugar

1/3 cup walnut/pecan

1/3 cup plain flour

42gr unsalted butter, melted

½ tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Optional: peach jam dissolved with a little hot water

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Method

  1. Remove the dough from the fridge. Let sit for 10 mins. Roll out the pastry to 1/8 inch thick. Transfer to the greased pie pan. Remove excess and crimp the border using a fork. Cover loosely and refrigerate for min of 1 hour and max of 24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F (220C). Line pastry with parchment, fill it with rice/dried bean. Bake for 20 mins. Lift the rice/bean out. Prick the pastry line with a fork. Bake for 5-10 mins or until the crust is pale golden. **The crust browns very quickly so please keep an eye on it***
  3. Cool the crust for 3 mins. Brush the bottom and side with egg white.
  4. Filling: in a large bowl, combine plum, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt & toss to mix. Allow the mixture to macerate for min of 30´ of max of 3 hours at room temp. Transfer the plums and their juices to a colander suspended over a bowl to capture the liquid.
  5. Boil down the liquid with butter in a small pan over medium high heat. Do not stir but gently swirl the liquid. Boil until the liquid turns syrupy and caramelized.
  6. Toss plums with corn starch. Pour hot syrup over it and toss gently.
  7. Preheat the oven to 425F (220C). Set an oven rack at the lowest level and place a baking stone/baking sheet on it before preheating. Place a large piece of foil on top to catch juices.
  8. Transfer the fruit mixture to the pie shell. Cover the pie with foil. Cut 3 steam vents in the foil.
  9. Set the pie directly on the foil-topped baking stone. Bake for 1 hour.
  10. Prepare the streusel topping: Process all the ingredients in food processor until coarse and crumbly.
  11. Remove the pie from the oven and discard the foil on top. Lower the temperature to 400F (180C). If you like, brush the plum with peach jam dissolved with hot water. Sprinkle the streusel on top. Add some whole walnut pieces for decoration (optional).
  12. Place a ring of foil over the edges of the pie to prevent them from over-browning. Bake for another 15-20 mins until the plum is tender and the streusel is golden brown. Cool on rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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17 Responses to It is cold outside…

  1. Melting Wok says:

    Hope you’re feeling better, I usually pop some extra Vit C into my system hehe if Advil doesn’t help :) oh godd, walnuts/pecans and a great wonderful pie crust recipe ..I love how u blend the c/cheese w/the crust, thx for sharing and thx for visiting my blog, Anh, you have a pleasant w/end now !:)

  2. Katie says:

    I’m just finishing the peaches that I froze last fall. I love stone fruits, too. We have peach, plum and cherry trees and I’m a pig all summer!

  3. Angie says:

    Wow, 1st it’s Gattina, now you! You gals are surely tempting me with all your gorgeous pies and tarts. That’s a very flaky and beautiful pie.

  4. Meeta says:

    Looks incredible and I’d love a piece of the pie!! Hope you feel better soon!

  5. Lydia says:

    Ah, now a recipe to go with that fabulous pie crust! It looks absolutely gorgeous — and I’ll bet it has what my mother used to call “medicinal value” too. Feel better soon!

  6. Kalyn says:

    So sorry to hear you aren’t feeling that great. I almost always get a cold when the seasons change, and I hate it! The pie looks wonderful. I’ve only made pie a few times and mine wasn’t nearly as pretty as that!

  7. Sandeepa says:

    Get well soon and a beautiful pie

  8. Precious Moments says:

    get well soon.

  9. Anh says:

    Melting wok, thanks for your kind words.

  10. sher says:

    Oh boy!! You have to feel better after you eat a slice of that!! I can almost taste it. Next time I get a cold, I’m going to make that. No–I won’t wait to get a cold. I’ll just make it! :):)

  11. Y says:

    Mmm.. crumble pie. Bound to lift the spirits of anyone, especially when they’re feeling sick! Hope you get better soon :)

  12. Nicole says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious!! I was drooling as I read through the entire recipe…could almost smell it baking in the oven! I’ll be saving this one for later! Thanks :-)

  13. Sharmi says:

    Hi Anh, Wish you happy easter!! Your Pie looks so delicious :))

  14. Susan says:

    The elusive perfect pie crust. I am always on the lookout for another. Thanks!

  15. Cheryl says:

    The crust, the topping…just wow. What a beautiful, beautiful pie.

  16. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Wow, wow, wow, wow, Anh! This looks superb!

  17. jess says:

    Ohh that looks absolutely magnificent!!!! I love the idea of a pecan streusal topping, how delicious!

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