Plum Crisp; soy beans v sunflowers

I didn’t think we were going to have a big plum harvest this year.

We walk past our biggest plum tree every morning, and, every morning, Guapa searches the lower branches for fruit.

She loves plums; she wasn’t finding any..

So I didn’t plan on making jam, or really doing much of anything with them this year. A few weeks ago I wandered down thinking I should at least be able to find enough for a Plum Clafoutis.

There were hundred of plums – on the other side of the tree.

After making several Clafoutis I decided we needed a change and made this Crisp.

Mon mari asked me why I was bothering to take a photo…. It has to be one of the ugliest desserts of any sort I have ever made.

But….. Damn, it was good! Certainly the best ‘plum anything’ I have ever made.

I think it was the cardamom….

One of the reasons it’s so flat is that my plums are tiny:

They’re about the size of a cherry and I use a cherry pitter to remove the stones. Then I cut them in half. I used about 100 of them for this crisp.

Use any size plum you like, stones removed, then halved or sliced.

Plum Crisp

Total time: 60 minutes


  • enough plums to tightly cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (oatmeal)
  • 3/4 cup butter, plus some for the dish
  • 1 1/2 tsp cardamom


  • Butter baking dish.
  • Arrange plums tightly in a single layer in baking dish.
  • Mix sugar, flour, oats and cardamom
  • Cut in butter, using a pastry cutter, 2 knives or forks, until it resembles small pebbles.
  • Spread over plums.
  • Bake 45 minutes at 375F (185C), until top is bubbly.

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Last year, after our farmer neighbor dug his pond and leveled his field with the dirt, he planted sunflowers. The part of the field with all the new dirt was, apparently, rather dead.

His sunflowers in that section were pathetic:

The sunflowers in the front and back had already bloomed and lost their petals. The ones in the center were late and…. pathetic.

This year he planted soy beans. Soy beans require watering and, now that the lake is full, he can water. (Sunflowers don’t need to be watered.)

It would appear that the sunflowers in the center of the field last year, never got tall enough for the harvester.

This year he has a great crop of sunflowers in the same place…. towering over the soybeans which you can see in the back.

I have no idea how that will work but I’m sure the farmer knows.

As to Guapa and the plums…. Every morning she sits under the tree looking very smart and won’t budge until I find a plum for her.

Sometimes she gets two.

Last update on August 2, 2017

10 thoughts on “Plum Crisp; soy beans v sunflowers”

  1. There is a reason that they call it “Top Soil”
    The dirt underneath doesn’t have the organic ‘biomass’ that the top gets.
    The dirt underneath was just plane dirt that he spread it out in his field.
    It will get better year after year as it gets more ‘biomass’ added to enrich it.
    Just plum delicious sounds good.

    • Bob, I never thought about dirt being ‘dead’ before, but this proves the point. Not even weeds are sprouting in it. Which makes me surprised that he planted a crop in it. Maybe he’ll just plow this year’s in There are certainly enough rabbits out there to add fertilizer…..

  2. I love plum jam. I hate peeling them for that though. And though I know that great chefs say a big part of the way food tastes is the visual, it’s got to taste great regardless!

    I have a funky looking plant in my backyard that gets about 8 feet tall with small yellow flowers on the tips of the stalks and seeds that look similar to a sunflower. I have no idea what the plant is, it reseeds and comes back every year and the birds love it. It’s got to be a part of the sunflower family and they’re intrepid things that just don’t give up. Your farmer will probably always have sunflowers there now. Happy plants! 🙂

    • Nightsmusic, needless to say I don’t peel these tiny plums. That’s where all the flavor is anyway… Could your plant be a sunchoke aka Jerusalem Artichoke? There native to the U.S. I think…. I may swipe a few of his sunflowers….

      • Katie, I believe that’s exactly what it is! I’d be more than happy to send you a box of the flower/seeds if you’d like. I’ll just mark the box ‘books’. Seriously. 🙂

        • Thanks for the offer – but I’m seriously trying to cut back on my gardening. Failing, but trying lol I used to send Cuban cigars to a friend when we lived in Andorra – labeled chocolates lol

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