With stone fruits in season for the summer, one must master the art of crisps and crumbles. There is no reason to bring brownies to the party, when there is perfectly good fruit out there! And really- you could probably make the crisp in less time, plus it has a more "I put work into this" feel. That always makes your guests feel valued.
Simple ingredients. Ripe fruit. Done and done.
Plum Oatmeal Crisp (thanks to Martha Stewart)
1/2 cup, plus 1 tbls flour
1 cup, plus 2 tbls brown sugar
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup COLD unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Approx 8 ripe plums
First, heat your oven 375 degrees.
In an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish, mix your fruit and 2 tbsp of sugar.
Oh, and your 1 tbsp of flour.
In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. Use a fork or a pastry cutter to turn the mix into a crumble topping.
Don't worry about the larger pieces of butter- they will burst into melting goodness in the oven.
Spread mixture over fruit.
Into the oven for 45 minutes- the top should just begin to brown. Let cool for 20 minutes.
So good and so easy, it ought to be illegal.