Spontaneous Plum Pie

plum pie Back in May, during the very early days of our blog, we already published a post called “Plenty of Plums”, including a recipe for a variation of the Austrian “Cake from Linz“. Well, it’s this time of the year again… and whilst the plums where from my mother’s garden last year, this year, I am myself the owner of two plum trees. plumsWe had a couple of rainy weekends early September and when we went into the garden on a sunny day 2 weeks ago, we realized that we had almost passed the time to harvest them. Quite a lot of them had already fallen off the trees and become victim of the snails and birds. But still, we went back inside with 3-4 kg of nice ripe plums a couple of hours later.

I still had to prepare dinner for guests as well as muffins for Lea’s birthday on the next day. But the plums were so ripe, that I could not keep them another day. So I decided to improvise (…not compromise…) and used a ready-made dough from the freezer to make a spontaneous plum pie. And the rest of the plums got processed to marmalade… recipe to follow.plum pie

I simply put the sweet, ripe plum on top of the dough, seasoned with sugar and cinnamon – and had a great dessert for our dinner that evening. Very simple, but heavenly when served warm with some vanilla ice cream. If you have the time, I’d still recommend a home-made short pastry… but sometimes cheating is allowed, right?

Plum Pie
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Recipe type: Baked
Serves: 12 pieces
  • 1 kg of plums
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 100 g sugar
  • 200 g cold butter
  • 300 g flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  1. Cut the cold butter into small pieces. Put in a bowl with the sugar, a pinch of salt and the flour and knead quickly with your hands until all ingredients are well mixed. Form a smooth ball, wrap it in foil and let it rest in the fridge for at least 1h.
  2. In the meantime, cut the plums in halves and remove the stone.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
  4. Roll the dough out to a round thin circle and place into a buttered pie form. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top.
  5. Place the plum halves on the dough with the skin facing downwards. They should overlap slightly.
  6. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the plums.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  8. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


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