Crisps, cobblers, buckles, grunts, pan dowdies, brown bettys -- some desserts are endearing by virtue of their names alone! But this particular dessert has a very special place in my heart, as it is an old family recipe.
My mother used to transform the tart plums that grew on the tree in our yard by baking them up in this delicious cakey confection. And when she would make it in the dutch oven... Good. Gravy. It's marvelous!
Despite the fact that these are quite possibly the worst pictures to accompany a post on this site, I still think it would be well worth your while to give this recipe a try.
for the batter
2/3 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. milk
7 c. sliced red plums -- the tarter (more tart?) the better, in my opinion
for the topping
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
For batter, cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until well combined. In a separate bowl, toss together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture alternately with the milk until everyone's in the pool.
For topping, cut together all ingredients (with a fork or pastry cutter) until well combined.
Place plums in bottom of greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Cover with batter mixture. Drop topping by teaspoons over the top. Bake at 350º for 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Serve warm -- and don't forget the vanilla ice cream! :)