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I had some left over plums that were getting a little wilted and I needed a good way to use them up. I saw this recipe, originally using strawberries, and thought it would be perfect. It turned out pretty good but not sweet enough. A scoop of good vanilla bean ice cream will fix that though. If you don’t have the ice cream, add a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar to the fruit.

Plum Lavender Crumble with Almonds and Oats                                                  (inspired by a recipe from Running with Tweezers)

  • 3 cups fresh sliced plums
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dried lavender flowers
  • zest of 1 small lemon
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp butter, cut into small cubes

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine plums with the honey, lavender flowers, citrus zest and 1 tablespoon of the flour. Pour fruit mixture into shallow 1 quart baking dish. In another mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, slivered almonds, sugar, remaining flour, nutmeg and cinnamon. Drizzle with oil and stir to coat thoroughly. Sprinkle over the fruit mixture. Top with butter cubes. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until fruit is bubbling and top is a deep golden brown. Allow crumble to stand for 15 minutes before serving.