Ginger and Almond Plum Crumble

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The past two weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. The first in France and the next in Canada, both spent rushing around, packing and unpacking, squeezing in visits with friends and family and worrying just a little bit whether we’ve made the right decision to once again pick up our lives and move across the ocean.

We made it to Canada. Our entire belongings a mess in my parents garage, everyday facing those oh so grown up things like apartment hunting and health insurance. We’ve jumped in feet first with this move back, it was time to take a little space to breathe.

My parents picked me up at the airport, as they always do every time I come home for a visit. We packed my suitcase, my skis, my bike and the million other things I managed to cram onto the plane into the car and headed towards home. Up until this moment, things felt just like normal. I’ve come home for a few visits in last years, so the airport reunion/heavy suitcase/journey home was something that was familiar to us. Always sitting in the car, knowing that in just a few short weeks we would be doing it all over again in the opposite direction. But this time was different now. There would be no re-packing, no return flight, no airport goodbye tears. We were here. To stay. And it feels like a pretty damn good place to be.

I am slowly making my way through the many photos from our trip this summer, right now it all feels like an entirely different lifetime ago. It’s slowly sinking in, Matt has always said that you continue to live your travels long after they are over, and I am beginning to understand that more and more. A few bad days on the road can make for some good stories to tell, and once they are over you realize just how happy you were to live that moment. So the wind, the rain and the challenges are now something that I cherish, and I am so glad to have made those memories with him. It can all be a little overwhelming, the heart can only handle so much goodness at once and the last few days have been chock full of it. I have never felt so loved or humbled by the friendship I have made here, and I could have never imagined such a warm welcome home by a few inspiring ladies I consider myself lucky to call friends. To Shelley, Jessie, Kathryn, Amy, Gen + Katrina, you made my homecoming that much sweeter and reminding me to take a little time out of our busy schedule to realize that we’ve made it home. A crumble and some quiet moments with family. I am so grateful to be back here with you all, thank you for sticking around.

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Ginger + Almond Mixed Plum Crumble

We made it back to France just in time for my favorite market season. There are figs and muscadine grapes and so many varieties of plums to choose from. The tomatoes are big and juicy and colors of everything together reflect to slow change of seasons.

I like to opt for a liquid sweetener when making crumbles – honey, maple syrup or brown rice syrup are my go to’s. I like brown rice syrup since it has a very mild flavor and subtle sweetness, and here it really lets the plums, ginger and almonds come through.

I made this crumble for our French family picnic before we left, and I’ve made it here again for our family on this side of the pond. 2 families, 2 crumbles, I consider us pretty lucky.

Serves 6. Vegan + Gluten Free.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups mixed plums of choice, pitted and sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup

 

  • 1 1/2 cup small oat flakes (certified gluten free is necessary)
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup

 

What to do

Preheat the oven to 350 F / 175 C

Place the sliced plums in a baking dish, top with ground ginger and brown rice syrup and mix everything together with your hands or a wooden spoon. Spread evenly on the bottom of the dish.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, slivered almonds and ground almonds. Check your coconut oil, at room temperature it should be soft and easy to work with, if it is still quite solid you can melt it completely in a small pot and let it cool before making the crumble. Add coconut oil and brown rice syrup and thoroughly mix together with your fingertips until well combined. The mixture should stick together when squeezed into the palm of your hand. Crumble to mixture over the plums, I like to leave just a little space around the edges for the fruit juices to escape and for the color to come through.

Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the plum juices are bubbling. Continue to bake for another 5-10 minutes until the top it set and golden brown. Reduce heat if necessary to prevent burning at the end.

Let cool before serving. I always like a crumble better the next day at room temperature once the juices and flavor have had time to set. So a rest time of at least an hour can make a big difference. But if you prefer a warm crumble with a big scoop of ice cream, by all means, be my guest.

 

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  • Best of luck settling back in to your life back in Canada. I can totally relate to everything you’ve written as I’ve made the move back and forth a few times across the pond. The crumble looks and sounds delicious.

    • Thank you, Nissrine! A good dessert like this helps ease the stress of moving! I already miss all the gorgeous european produce – enjoy it over there x

  • Ohhh girl, I feel you. We lived in Switzerland for 2 years, came back, moved to Sicily, came back, and now it looks like we’re heading somewhere else next summer! It’s so worth it though, and the fun thing is that your online friends are always there! So happy to see another recipe on here. Crumbles are my fav.

    • Back and forth, back and forth and who knows where we will be this summer! It can be a bit stressful but everything always works out! Excited for YOU now and your upcoming adventures! Thank you for everything , Katrina x

  • Hi Jodi! I have just come across your blog (via Jessie at Faring Well, actually) and wanted to say that your writing here is beautiful – your travels and moves sound like they have been such positive experiences for you, and coming back with lifelong memories and stories to tell is the best. Love the ginger you have added to the fruit in the crumble too, such a good idea! <3

    • Oh thank you Claudia! What Jessie + all those other ladies did for me was unbelievable, I still can’t believe it! I’m always of the mindset that we can get something positive out of any situation, even in a busy and stressful, and sometimes – that’s a good dessert! And I love the ginger + plum combination, thanks again x

  • Hi Jodi,
    I was so excited to see a new post from you in my feed this evening. After hearing such wonderful things about you from Jessie, Kathryn, Gen, Amy, Katrina, and Shelley I was eager to hear from you. Your gratitude for your family, your experiences, your travels, and life in general really comes through in your writing. It makes me grateful to have found your blog. Looking forward to more and I hope that we can connect in the future.

    This crumble looks so delicious. The texture of the oat flakes looks really great. I have always used whole oats in my crumbles, but I will definitely try this next time.

    • My goodness, thank you so much Kathryn! I don’t think I have stopped smiling for those ladies + the welcome home party, and your comment just made me smiling even more! I am so happy to have you here and grateful for your kind words. I would love to connect with you. I used small oat flakes here because that’s what my parents had in the cupboard, but I was pleasantly surprised with the texture – I actually think it help keep everything together. Wishing you happy week, J x

  • Beyond thrilled to have you back in Canada Jodes! Can’t wait to be in the kitchen together, drink vino ensembles, and just hanggg.

    This crisp looks just perfect. Totally tempted to run across to the market and stock up on plums right now… big hug and see you soon x

    • I got the plums at the atwater market! You were working though, next time. I can not wait to hang and cook and do everything with you too, especially the vino. A bientot x

  • Welcome back Jodi!! It’s been so lovely to see all of the maple tributes to you across the web 😉 I came across your blog in March, right before you left I believe, and I’m so excited to see the new recipes you come up with!! Again, welcome back!! 😀

    • Thank you so much Sarah! Those maple tributes are still making me smile! I remember getting your comment back in the spring, and I am so happy to be able to connect with you again. I feels great to be back in the kitchen and back in such a wonderful community. Here’s to having wonderful September, talk soon I hope x

  • Oh Jodi! I just wanna give you a big squeeze! I felt like I was feeling that weight of realization as you wrote about being picked up from the airport for the last time. What a whirlwind this whole shebang has been. I’m so happy for you to be home <3 and to have all of those cherished memories from your adventures. Maybe now our in-person meet-up/adventure can really take place! #stilldreaming

    Soke up every sweet moment these first few weeks – huge huge hugs <3

    • Thank you Jessie, things have calmed down a bit – started work, found a new place, catching up with girlfriends + their new babies (!), it feels a little more like real life agin with every day. I hope you have had a blast out adventuring with Scott, I think Matt + will take a little escape soon too. Wishing you well + happy weekending x

  • Aw, I love what Matt said about traveling. I keep missing all these different places I’ve gone to, and I know that even though I won’t be able to visit them anytime soon those memories will live on in my heart. Happy settling in to you and Matt! <3

    • Thanks Gen! We’re here getting used to the city life – it’s a big change but our apartment is nice and cozy. It’s fun discovering new neighborhood and creating new little routines. Hope you had a great weekend x