Pluot & Bacon Crumble

“A PERFECT SUMMER DAY IS WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING, THE BREEZE IS BLOWING, THE BIRDS ARE SINGING, AND THE LAWNMOWER IS BROKEN.”  James Dent

Pluot & Bacon Crumble | From My Sweet Heart

Ok now.  Please don’t start throwing tomatoes at the screen but. . . . .I’m ready for fall!  Maybe if I could catch a breeze in this heat or my lawn mower WERE broken, I would feel otherwise.  And I am just craving something sweet and chocolately, but I feel guilty if I don’t continue to work with summer fruits!  Fortunately, I found a new summer obsession.  PLUOTS!  As if crumbles, crisps, and cobblers were not confusing enough, right?  Now we’ve got plums, pluots and plumcots!  Well don’t despair.  If you like plums but sometimes find them hard and lacking in sweetness; then you will LOVE . . . . .

PLUOTS! 

Come on now. . . . . you know you will serve this up with some rich Sweet Cream Ice Cream!

 

Pluot & Bacon Crumble | From My Sweet Heart

Actually, I discovered pluots by accident.  When shopping for plums one day, the bins were a bit mixed and I picked a few pluots along with my plums.  When I began slicing my plums for a recipe, I noticed that the insides were two different colors.  And the ruby red flesh of one of the plums was so incredibly sweet!  I went online and discovered that plums were snuggling up with apricots to make the most delicious hybrid!  In the markets you will find both pluots and plumcots.  But even these are not the same.  The pluot is three fifths plum and two fifths apricot.  While the plumcot is a fifty-fifty mix.  The plumcot is definitely sweeter than a plum.  But the pluot is just amazing! It is incredibly sweet, with a fleshy texture similar to a ripe peach!

Look at these pictures.  On the left is the pluot with an almost greenish looking outer flesh; but a ruby interior.  On the right is the plumcot with a more red exterior and a yellow, more firm flesh.  Both are delicious.  But I’m now addicted to pluots!

 

Pluot & Bacon Crumble | From My Sweet Heart

I decided to bake these into a crumble.  And as with most things that are crazy sweet on their own, I decided to add an element of salt.  And so I added bacon to the crumble topping!  Crazy, I know!  But crazy good!

 

Yields:  6-8 servings

Level of Difficulty:  easy

 

FRUIT FILLING:

  • 6 cups of sliced pluots (about 9 pluots)
  • 1 Tablespoon of almond meal
  • 2 Tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

Toss all of these ingredients together in a bowl.  Pour into an ungreased 1 1/2 quart baking dish or spoon into individual ungreased ramekins.

 

Pluot & Bacon Crumble | From My Sweet Heart

CRUMBLE TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 1/2 cup regular oats (though I think the quick oats would be fine)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick (4 Tablespoons cold butter cut into small pieces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 slices of crisp cooked applewood smoked bacon, finely chopped

In a small bowl, combine the almond meal, oats, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter until it becomes coarse crumbs.  Add the chopped bacon and combine.  Sprinkle evenly over the fruit in your baking dish or ramekins. 

Bake in a 375° oven for about 40-45 minutes.  Cool slightly.  And you know…..you gotta serve this with ice cream!

 

Pluot & Bacon Crumble | From My Sweet Heart

SOME NOTES:

  • I cut my fruit slices into 1 inch chunks for my ramekins.  But pluots have a very soft flesh.  And if you think your pluots are particularly ripe, you may want to keep them in slices.  The fruit is naturally going to break down as it bakes and my chunks turned a bit mushy.  If you are using a baking dish, I would suggest keeping the fruit in slices regardless of the ripeness of the fruit.
  • You could also use flour in place of the almond meal.  But I like the opportunity to add a bit of flavor whenever I can.  And almonds and plums seemed like a pretty good fit to me!
  • If you would rather not use bacon, I would suggest adding 1/4 teaspoon of salt to your crumble mix.  And maybe some nuts on the top would bring a nice crunch, too!

ENJOY!

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Comments

  1. I wouldn’t dare leave out the bacon! I love fall but not for the tempearture. More so for the feeling and all of the wonderful dishes we make at that time of the year. To me it would be fine and dandy if the temps never dropped below 75. Big dreams seeing as how I live in Michigan. If it were fall the fruit for this yummy recipe wouldn’t be available.

    • Thanks Sandra! And I LOVED your chocolate avocado zucchini bread! Hope things turn out well with your ankle! I’ve got you in my thoughts! : )

  2. I can see why you love pluot my friend, your crisp looks incredible :D
    I can only imagine wher a delicious addition bacon is!
    Gorgeous!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. I am with you Anne about getting excited about fall coming soon. I just wish it’s a LONG fall with mild cool temperatures for a while before we delve into winter. Now winter… I can totally pass on. Summer has lost it’s excitement because being outside is just miserable. I only love having herbs growing on my deck… but they look like they don’t care for the heat themselves. :)

    This looks like a fantastic crumble… with BACON! I have never tried plout… I think I need to give them a shot!! Have a great week! ~ Ramona

    PS.. what do you think about the Foodbuzz changes now that we’re in the midst of it all? I am really disappointed. I feel they just threw us to the curb and it’s not the “family” of bloggers we had cultivated. Sad. :( I’m still hoping it gets better…..

    • Thanks Ramona. I think you are right. If the heat didn’t make the days feel so miserable, I might be more excited. I’m looking forward to crisp, cool days! LOVED your spiced cabbage recipe, btw! And about Buzzfood…..I’m terribly disappointed. My RSS feed got accepted. But not one of my posts has yet to appear on their site. And when you look at the few posts that appear there daily….some of the pictures lead nowhere…..no recipes….just a link to dessert stalker or flickr! So….I’m not impressed to say the least! : (

  4. I love pluots and plumcots and apriums (apricot-plum cross with more apricot characteristics). I’m going to opt out of the bacon but I love a good crumble so adding some crushed nuts or a little streusel would be scrumptious! :)

  5. Ooh, I bet the bacon tasted really great against the sweet pluots.

  6. Crisps and cobblers are my all time favorite dessert for the summer. This looks incredible especially with the addition of bacon.

  7. What a unique crumble, I love it! And I’m with you, eagerly awaiting the arrival of fall :)

    • Thanks Anna! And I was just perusing your site. Boy those chocolate peanutty bars that Chelsea made are just what I am craving! : )

  8. There’s nothing crazy about adding bacon. ;) I find bacon goes so perfectly with sweet dishes! Thanks for visiting my blog, I’m loving your awesome recipes and beautiful photos!

    • Thanks Jenny! And though your onion soup looks amazing….I am so much more amazed by your food styling and photography! : )

  9. Anne, love the quote about the lawn mower! Thanks for the info on the pluots – they sound like the perfect marriage of the plum’s good qualities with those of the apricot. Your use of bacon in the topping for this crumble is inspired. As always, mouthwatering photos.

  10. I’ve never seen a pluot before but now I’m dying to eat some. The topping is amazing in your crumble. Who’d have thought?? :)

    • Hey Maureen! Pluots are a first for me this year, too! And I loved your recent post featuring Chris from The Cafe Sucre Farine! A great collaboration and what an amazing chocolate peanut butter tart she made! : )

  11. I love pluots!!! Actually made a crumble with them years ago on my blog too. But I love the idea of adding bacon!! ;)

    • Thanks Ali…and I REALLY love your s’mores treats….those no bake cookies and the pops look sensational! : )

  12. Great quote at the start of this post, Anne! I have never tried a plout, but the Hubby and I are plum fans. Will have to keep my eye open for them.

  13. I have yet to try baking with pluots, but that is going to have to change. This looks amazing!

    • Thanks Jessica! And amazing describes your barbecue chicken pizza and those award winning snow cone cupcakes! Congrats! : )

  14. I like your addition of a little saltiness from bacon into your crumble toppings but I’m not brave enough to do the same thing for my crumbles or sweets.

    • That’s okay Zoe. You have to be a real bacon lover to sneak it in where it’s not expected! Love your beautiful raisin bread! : )

  15. I’ve never heard of pluots no plucots but I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for them now! They look wonderful and the coloring is awesome! Thanks for introducing us to these new fruits. Now for the crumble. You just had to go and add bacon to the crumble topping didn’t you? :) I can just smell the sweet and salty bacon and am loving it! Definitely a scoop of ice cream on top!

    • Thanks MJ! And I can tell by your beautiful canteloupe, feta and walnut salad that you are a sweet and salty girl just like me! : )

  16. OkY, I’M ready to run to the store and buy some pluots! This crumble looks amazing. I would have NEVER thought to add bacon!

  17. I adore fall (by far my favorite season) but unfortunately in Austin, fall doesn’t come till the end of November. SOOO far off! Oh well, I’ll live vicariously through my blogging friends. This looks so delicious, my friend. Thank you for sharing!

  18. My goodness, Anne! This sounds & looks so delicious. My oldest son will eat anything with bacon in it and this would just disappear :)

    • Thanks Bibi! Some people are fanatical about bacon and I am turning into one of those people! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cappuccino ice cream sandwiches….love those pizzelles!
      : )

  19. What a unique recipe! Love the bold choice of flavors here! And your pictures, Anne! Oh they are absolutely stunning!

    • Thanks Anuradha! But what I really want right now is one or two (or three!) of your wonderfully fudgey coconut cream cheese brownies! They look amazing! : )

  20. Nemam riječi, savršena kombinacija! Pošalji mi malo ako još ima :))

  21. I love this crumble….this looks delish!

  22. I think I can agree with you, Anne! I’m ready to be able to turn on my oven without fear of adding any unnecessary heat to the house :/ But I will miss baking fantastic stone fruit recipes like this one!

    • Thanks Liz…but I am ready to give up my fruit for a nice chocolately treat like your one bowl fudgey brownies! : )

  23. It is so my next breakfast!

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