Plum Crisp with Almond Streusel

We made a lovely plum compote from plums received as a gift. It’s been a really good year for fruit, most of our friends have an abundance of every kind. These tasty crisps can be made with any fruit – peach, apricots, plums or whatever. It’s very easy to make and quite tasty.

Plum Crisp with Almond Streusel

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

for the plum crisp:

  • 2 cups freshly made plum compote (see below)
  • 1 & 1/2-2 cups granola
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds or hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons vegan margarine, melted

for the optional cream sauce:

  • 1/2 cup soy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring (or Amaretto or any preferred alcohol)
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar or agave syrup

for the plum compote:

  • 1 & 1/2 lb. fresh plums cleaned, halved and stones removed
  • 1 & 1/2 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons sugar (depending on the ripeness/sweetness of the plums you may need more or less)
  • splash lemon juice

Directions:

to make plum compote:

  1. In a medium saucepan, place the plums, sugar water and splash of lemon juice.
  2. Bring the mixture to a soft boil (5 minutes) and then reduce the heat to a low simmer.
  3. Cook the plums about 5 minutes more. Stir very gently and not too often, as you want the plums to basically hold their shape, just become soft and release their juices.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to steep for 30 minutes.

to make the crisp:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F / 218 C.
  2. Make the streusel topping.
  3. Place the ground almonds, flour and sugar in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Add the melted vegan margarine and mix with a fork until it is the consistency of small lumps.
  5. Place 1/4 -1/3 cup of granola in the bottom of each individual casserole dish.
  6. Place a generous serving (about 1/2 cup) of plum compote with juice over the granola.
  7. Evenly distribute the streusel clumps over the top of the plum compote.
  8. Place in the preheated oven to bake until the streusel topping has lightly melted (about 15 minutes).
  9. Allow the crisps to cool slightly before serving.
  10. Optionally serve with soy cream or a whipped topping or soy ice cream.