Plum and Ginger Crumbles

Plum and Ginger Crumbles

Harvest season! There is nothing like it! I am so fortunate that my parents have such a bounteous and beautiful fruit orchard that they have grown and nurtured for so many years. This time of year there are apples, plums, prunes and pears to be had. I managed to get a few very precious plums that are such a gorgeous color as well. 

I imagined that these amazing plums would pair really well with ginger, and boy was I right! I really love the concentrated flavor of crystallized ginger and I was able to find some at a bulk section at a local grocery store.  

I decided to keep the fruit part simple, just the ginger and a small bit of coconut sugar to let the tartness of the plums shine. Then, a sweetened & spiced oat topping to give the crumbles a bit of crunch. Perfect! 

I hope that you will join me in making this amazingly yummy dessert soon! Let me know how it turns out in the comments below! 

Plum or Berry and Ginger Crumbles: 

Makes 4 individual plum ginger crumbles

Fruit: 

3 cups plums (or berries of choice like blackberries or blueberries) 

3 tablespoons coconut sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped

Mix together the fruit mixture in a medium bowl. Divide the mixture between 4 ramekins. 

 

Crumble Topping: 

1/2 cup gluten free flour mix

1/2 cup gluten free oats

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Mix together this mixture in a bowl. Store in the refrigerator until needed for topping the crumbles. 

 

Assemble the Crumbles: 

1. Heat the oven to 375F. 

2. Top the plum mixtures in the ramekins with the crumble topping. 

3. Place all of the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheets. 

4. Bake the crumbles for 20 minutes or until crumbles are bubbling and the topping is golden brown. 

 

Lemon Balm Scones for Strawberry Shortcake

Lemon Balm Scones for Strawberry Shortcake

Right after I picked 22 pounds of strawberries at a local Oregon farm a couple of weeks ago, I knew right there I had to have strawberry shortcake! I remember when I was a little girl- maybe 4-5 years old and my grandparents took me to a strawberry festival. I was so excited! The festival basically involved lots of strawberry shortcake. YUM! There was a building and ladies by a table ladling servings of sweet strawberries over shortcake and then putting ice cream on top. I must have eaten 2-3 servings of it all by myself. I was in heaven! I'm not sure I could eat quite as much today but I enjoy it just as much. I hope that you enjoy this shortcake recipe & remember when you were a kid and relished every bite! 

Lemon Balm Scones + Strawberry Shortcake: 

Makes 6-8 servings

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2 cups gluten free flour mix (without xanthan gum) 

2 tablespoons organic sugar + extra for dusting the tops of the shortcakes

1 tablespoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons vegan margarine or butter

2 eggs

2 tablespoons lemon balm leaves, minced

1. Preheat your oven to 425F. Make sure there is a rack in the center of the oven. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. 

2. Mix together the coconut milk and apple cider vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes before proceeding with the recipe. 

3. Mix together the flour mix, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt in a large bowl. With a pastry cutter, cut the margarine or butter into the flour mixture. Make sure the margarine or butter is well incorporated and it resembles a coarse meal. 

4. Beat the eggs well in an electric mixer with a whisk attachment or until they are frothy. Add the milk mixture and flour mixture. Mix at medium low speed for 1 minute. 

5. Pat the mixture into a large round on a floured board. Make sure it is about 1 inch thick. Cut rounds out of the mixture with a cookie cutter. It will make about 6-8 large rounds that you can split in half and fill with berries for the strawberry shortcake. 

6. Place the dough rounds on the baking sheet. Brush the tops with coconut milk and sprinkle with sugar.  Place the sheet on the center rack of the oven. Lower the oven temperature to 375F. Bake the scones for 20-25 minutes or until golden.  

Strawberry Mixture: 

4 cups sliced strawberries

3 tablespoons maple syrup

Place in a bowl and mix. Let the mixture macerate for about 10-15 minutes to soak up the flavors. 

 

Apple Pear Cinnamon Spice Almond Cake

     A delicious slice of Apple Pear Cinnamon Spice Almond Cake

 

A delicious slice of Apple Pear Cinnamon Spice Almond Cake

I love looking at old cookbooks and food magazines. In one of my Scandinavian cookbooks a recipe appeared for an apple almond cake. It looked good, but it seemed as if it lacked a certain spark. There were no spices or other flavors other than the almonds and apples. I decided to spice up this recipe and give it a try! 

It just happened that my mom gave me some small apples and pears from their orchard, so I quickly peeled those and put them in some water and honey to poach with some cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and honey. This sure made the house smell heavenly! Yum! 

     The Apple Pear Cinnamon Almond Cake right out of the oven! Yum!  

 

The Apple Pear Cinnamon Almond Cake right out of the oven! Yum! 

 

It turns out that my changes to this recipe were spot on, and I love the almond flavor along with the soft apples, pears and spices. It is delightfully gluten free just as it is and so yummy! My son and I both enjoyed a slice after he came home from school yesterday. 

I hope that you enjoy making this lovely fall dessert for the ones that you love. I imagine that this dessert may be made dairy free by using a vegan margarine instead of the butter (just watch to make sure there isn't a high water content in the margarine) or some coconut oil. 

Apple Pear Cinnamon Spice Almond Cake: 

Serves 6-8

9 inch ceramic or glass  pie plate

Poached apples & pears: 

2 cups water

3 cinnamon sticks

5 whole cloves

1/4 orange

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup honey

4 small apples, peeled, cut in half and cored

3-4 small pears, peeled, cut in half and cored

Note:  You may have extra poached fruit leftover, you can save it & eat it for a yummy snack! 

1. Place water, honey, lemon juice, juice of the 1/4 orange and the actual 1/4 orange, apples, pears, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Then, simmer on medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes, until the pears and apples are tender. Set aside to cool. 

Batter for Top of Cake: 

1/2 cup softened butter

2/3 cup sugar

3 egg yolks

1/2 cup almond flour

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

 

3 egg whites

pinch salt

 

1. Grease a 9 inch ceramic or glass pie plate with softened butter. Heat the oven to 350F.

2. In a stand mixer, beat the butter until soft and light. Slowly add in sugar and beat to combine. Add in egg yolks one at a time and mix well. Mix in the almond flour, lemon juice and spices. Set aside. 

3. In a separate bowl, place the egg whites and pinch of salt. Using a hand mixer, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. 

4. Mix in 2-3 tablespoons of the egg white mixture into the butter-almond mixture. Then, gently fold in the rest of the egg whites. 

5. Place the pear and apple halves in the bottom of the pie plate. Place them core-side down. Then, using a rubber spatula, spread the almond mixture on top of the fruit. 

6. Place on the middle rack of the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let cool before serving. 

If you love fall desserts, pass this on to an apple-pear loving friend! 

Trista

 

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Gluten Free & Dairy Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Right now the rhubarb in my garden is growing so fast and is almost as tall as me! I've never seen a rhubarb season like this one! Wow!! It's impressive. So, what to do with all of that rhubarb-well I think that dessert is where rhubarb really shines. I just love tart fruits in desserts and rhubarb and strawberry pair together so well to compliment each other in this crisp. 

My strawberries are also growing, but they are just little green "babies" right now so I needed to make this with store-bought berries. It still has so much delicious flavor! Wow! I also love how the richness of the molasses comes out in place of the traditional brown sugar in this dessert. 

I hope that you will share this one with friends and family- maybe at your first barbecue of the season because the weather is starting to get warm and sunny. Yay! Enjoy! 

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp: 

Filling: 

3 1/2 cups rhubarb, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces

3 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

3/4 cup raw honey

1/4 cup molasses

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

Crumble Topping: 

1/2 cup gluten free flour mix

1/2 cup gluten free oats

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons coconut oil

1. Grease a 9 inch pie pan with coconut oil. 

2. Heat the oven to 375F. 

3. Mix together all of the ingredients for the filling in a medium bowl. Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes so that the flavors can combine. 

4. Mix together the crumble topping ingredients. Mix well with your fingers so that the coconut oil is well distributed in the topping. 

5. Put the filling into the greased pie pan. Then, top with the crumble topping. Bake for 35-45 minutes or so or until the mixture is bubbling and the top is nicely browned. Enjoy!