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Double-Crusted Plum Crisp

Double-Crusted Plum Crisp

If you read my roasted plum post, you know we have a plum tree that is flourishing. I love biting into a soft, succulent, freshly picked plum. It brings me great joy. I also love transforming our plums into delectable desserts. I made this double-crusted plum crisp and it was a perfect way to use up some of our plums.

If you are the type of person who loves more crisp topping than fruit, this is the crisp for you. There is a bottom crisp layer and a top layer. Don’t worry, there are plenty of plums involved, they are just sandwiched between a cinnamon, buttery, oat mixture. The juicy plums bubble up through the top crisp layer while baking. I had a hard time letting the crisp cool before serving. It smelled wonderful.

I cut the crisp into squares and served each piece with a hearty scoop of vanilla ice cream. The ice cream melted into the sweet oat crisp and was the perfect balance to the tart plums. This rustic fruit dessert is going to make multiple appearances at our house every summer. Once again, we found a new reason to love our plum tree.

Double-Crusted Plum Crisp

Yield: Serves 9

Cook Time: 45 minutes



1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Plum Filling:

4 cups thinly sliced plums, pit removed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 by 8 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. To make the crisp, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl. Stir in the melted butter and mix until mixture is moist. Press half of the crisp topping into the prepared baking dish.

3. For the plum filling, put the plums, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir until plums are well coated.

4. Spread the plums evenly over the bottom layer of the crisp. Sprinkle the remaining crisp over the plums. Gently pat the crisp topping down.

5. Bake in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes, or until the crisp is golden and the fruit is bubbling. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.

*Note-this crisp is even better served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Adapted from Rustic Fruit Desserts

If you like this plum crisp, you might also like:

Plum Nectarine Buttermilk Cake from Two Peas and Their Pod
Cherry Rhubarb Crisp from Two Peas and Their Pod
Plum Crisp from Deliciously Organic

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45 Responses to “Double-Crusted Plum Crisp”

  1. Kim @ Two Good Cookies — September 1, 2010 @ 4:17 am

    Mmmmm. I love plums. This looks incredibly delicious. I’m so jealous you have a plum tree!

  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite — September 1, 2010 @ 4:26 am

    Thanks for the recipe! I have a ton of plums that are about to go bad if I don’t use them soon!

  3. susan from food blogga — September 1, 2010 @ 4:28 am

    The plums in SD are fabulous right now. Thanks for the delicious idea. It’s a fun change from peach crisp.

  4. Erica — September 1, 2010 @ 4:53 am

    I love both the fruit and the crisp…but I do really love me some crisp 😉 This looks fantastic girl.

  5. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — September 1, 2010 @ 4:57 am

    The topping on this crisp sounds great, beautiful photos too!

  6. Heather (heather's dish) — September 1, 2010 @ 5:06 am

    sooooo i made a double crusted crisp this week…yesterday actually…and i may or may not have eaten it all. oops :)

  7. marla {family fresh cooking} — September 1, 2010 @ 5:27 am

    I love the idea of the double crust. Fun that you are giving the plum so much love, it is one of our favorite fruits over here. This crisp & a steamy cup of coffee = total bliss :) xo

  8. Traci — September 1, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    Your recipe is similar to mine for pluot crisp, only I subbed the cornstarch for whole wheat flour. Looks good, I’ll have to try your recipe too! Thanks for sharing Maria, awesome recipe as usual!! :)

  9. alison — September 1, 2010 @ 5:44 am

    This looks heavenly! I love the use of plums here!

  10. Eliana — September 1, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    Looks stunning and oh so delicious

  11. Jessica @ How Sweet — September 1, 2010 @ 6:53 am

    Um YUM! That sounds divine!

  12. jaclyn@todayslady — September 1, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    I am most definitely one of those people who likes more crisp than fruit!! This is right up my alley!!! Along with a double scoop of ice cream :)

  13. Heather — September 1, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    I love fruit crisps and this looks delicious Maria! Especially with a big scoop of ice cream. Yum!

  14. Michelle — September 1, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    Pums make a great dessert and this season they seem to taste so good!

  15. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — September 1, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    So jealous of your plum tree! This dessert looks fabulous and I love, love, love crust and crisp topping so doubling it is awesome!

  16. Emily — September 1, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    Crisps are my favorite and adding a layer to the bottom makes this one even better. I’m glad I bought some plums the other day, now I can try this!

  17. kat — September 1, 2010 @ 9:03 am

    Crust is my favorite part, this is great!

  18. Joanne — September 1, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    I’m a HUGE fan of crisps. that topping just can’t be beat! This sounds absolutely delightful with the homegrown plums!

  19. Tracy — September 1, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    Yum, this looks amazing! Wishing I didn’t use all my plums up yesterday, but I do still have peaches! :-)

  20. Amy from She Wears Many Hats — September 1, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Once again, YUM! Wish I lived next door to “just happen” to stop by after you’ve been baking.

  21. Cristie — September 1, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

    I love crips, cobbles and anything that has fruit involved. Again, I wish I had a fruit tree like yours. How nice that you’re enjoying the friut. So many let them fall to the ground unused.

  22. Robyn — September 1, 2010 @ 1:18 pm

    Delicious! I’m totally green with envy over your plum tree. Plums are just so yummy in way you fix ’em.

  23. Shannon — September 1, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    you really can’t go wrong with crisp topping :)

  24. Coach J — September 1, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    Personally, I prefer a balance of fruit to crisp, but only if there’s tons of melting vanilla ice cream. Looks delicious.

  25. What a lovely dessert! I, too, eat fruit desserts for the pastry part more than for the fruit.

  26. Nicole — September 1, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

    Hey Maria! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I love white cabinets too… Im sure you’ll see us paint our cabinets white down the road (from the dark gray)! I’m happy to have found your blog, since I haven’t had a working kitchen oven in over a year I am excited to be able to cook again and will be trying out some of your yummy recipes!!!

    • twopeas replied: — September 1st, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait to see the finished product of your kitchen!

  27. Dana — September 1, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

    Plums are so overlooked among summer fruits and yet they are one of my favorites. I love both of the recipes you posted here – so lovely!

  28. Sues — September 1, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

    This looks amazing! I am on a major plum kick and would die to have a plum tree in my backyard! Heck, I’d love to have a backyard; but that’s a story for another day :)

  29. Pam — September 1, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    Extra topping is my favorite! This crisp looks wonderful Maria!

  30. teresa — September 1, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

    lovely! great for this time of year!

  31. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — September 1, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    I love crisps and fruity desserts in the summer! YUM YUM! Are you enjoying Highland?

  32. picky cook — September 2, 2010 @ 12:43 am

    oh that is so smart – i am trying this the next time i make a crisp

  33. grace — September 2, 2010 @ 5:20 am

    the draw of a crisp for me is the ease–just plop the yummy stuff on top. this is a nice twist–the plums are perfect innards!

  34. El — September 2, 2010 @ 7:45 am

    You always make the best sweets. Thanks for this recipe. It makes good use of plums!

  35. Alisa: a pina colada — September 2, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    This looks amazing. I’ve never really used plums in cooking, but my inlaws have a plum tree that is going crazy so I think this year I’m going to have to try this. Can’t wait!
    BTW I don’t know where those chairs come from. Sorry! They are super cute… I’ll keep a look out for them and try to see what I can come up with. Isn’t that kitchen amazing?!

  36. Tessa — September 2, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    Maria this looks fantastic! I just saw that plums are on sale at my local Sprouts so I think I might be making this crisp in the next few days :) Don’t know how you have managed to post all these delicious recipes with your kitchen remodel going but awesome job!

  37. Jen @ How To: Simplify — September 3, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    What a lovely looking crisp! This looks absolutely delicious!

  38. Cookin' Canuck — September 4, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    The double crust is a fantastic idea! As much as I love the fruit filling, the crumble is even more inviting.

  39. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — September 7, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    Love the double crust! When I was a kid, I always used to eat the crumb topping off of pies, crisps and crumbles. What a beautiful golden color the filling has from the plums, too!

  40. Maria @ ScandiFoodie — September 9, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    That sounds really lovely, I’m often looking for new recipes to try when plums are in season, so I’ll definitely have to bookmark this!

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