Monday, January 12, 2009

Plum and coconut crumble

Plum and coconut crumble / Crumble de ameixa e coco

I love fruit, always have. And that is my mom’s fault – she had trouble feeding me when I was little, since I did not like savory food. So she would set a few “traps” for me around the house: small plates with chopped fruit. Apples, pears, grapes, watermelon – you name it. Then I would eat the fruit portions as I played near them. Mom was a smart woman - and patient as hell, I’ll say. :D

If you, like me, love fruit too, this is a great dessert to try. And even if you don’t like it as much, the sweet and crunchy coconut topping serves as a pretty good disguise.

Plum and coconut crumble

Plum and coconut crumble
adapted from Donna Hay magazine

35g all purpose flour
75g desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons caster sugar
40g unsalted butter, softened
4 small plums, stoned and chopped
1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF. Place the flour, coconut and caster sugar in a bowl and mix to combine. Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour mixture. Set aside.
Place the plums, apple and brown sugar in a bowl and toss to combine. Spoon into 2 x 1-cup capacity ovenproof dishes. Top with the crumble mixture and bake for 30 minutes or until golden.

Serves 2

Plum and coconut crumble


Peabody said...

I like the use of coconut with plums. I am not sure I have had those two together.

Katie said...

I think you could put coconut on just about anything and it would taste good. This looks perfect for a wintry afternoon.

Chris said...

Wow those large cappuccino mugs make great serving dishes for this dessert (and any other for that matter)! The colors are great, too :)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

A lovely combination, Patricia. I imagine the coconut really lifts it, and makes it extra-special.

Nic said...

Mmmm, I never thought of using coconut in a crumble topping before, great idea!

ChichaJo said...

I thought these crumbles sounded familiar! From our fave DH mag ;) They look great Patricia...I must get to making these soon!

Dewi said...

Sounds delicious, especially with coconut.
I've been looking for cups like this,they are so simple but very cute.

pam said...

Patricia - I love your Donna Hay recipes!

Dragon said...

I was just like you growing up! I'm so glad I got over it but I must confess, I still have a wicked sweet tooth.

Anonymous said...

Your mom was a smart lady. I may have to steal that trick!
These look tasty... I love any kind of crumble!

mimi said...

what an interesting flavor combo, and yours came out looking so yummy! i am going to mark this and try it in the summer when plums are back in season!

Kana said...

I LOVE coconut!!!!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pea, it was my first too - here in Brazil, it's very common to pair coconut with prunes, but not with plums.

Katie, I are so right. :D

Chris, those are great for serving soups, too! :D

A Fork..., and extra crunchy!

Nic, I'm glad you like it!

Joey, it had to be something by Donna, don't you think? :D

Elra, tks for stopping by!

Pam, thank you, darling!

Dragon, your poor mom! :D

Kristen, you can totally steal that, sweetie - she would certainly approve!

Mimi, thank you! I hope you try it.

Maya, me too! :D

RecipeGirl said...

Coconut and plums together- how nice! I don't believe I've ever seen coconut as a topping for a crumble. I would love this.

JB said...

Miss Patricia - it's been too long since I visited your blog...this looks delicious. Hope the new year is treating you well. JB

Sarah said...

I love the coconut topping on this. I bet it would be good on just about everything.

eatme_delicious said...

What a smart woman your mom was! This dessert looks delicious. Love the coconut topping.

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