I’ve been terrible about wishing away summer lately. Maybe it’s the triple-digit heat and the, yes, triple-digit humidity; maybe it’s being forced to run on the treadmill or else; maybe it’s the bird-like mosquitoes we have hovering over our yard at all times. Whatever it is, I’m dreaming of pumpkin spice lattes (vegan recipe coming soon!) and planning my Christmas Eve all-out culinary extravaganza day-in and day-out lately.
That is, until I pulled together this stone fruit skillet crumble (for two!). I realized it was plum season–one of my favorite fruits–and found myself with some humongous peaches and a tiny new skillet. What else is there to do, then, but make a stone fruit skillet crumble?! I started out dreaming of a peach crumble but decided to add the purple plums for a bit of vibrant fruitiness and sweetness, and I’m so glad I did! The plums elevate the dessert and cut down on some of the peachiness of the whole thing, instead turning it into summer-in-a-skillet.
The stone fruit skillet crumble came together quickly, time spent mostly sautéing the peaches and plums for a few minutes then combining a few different ingredients to make a healthy crumble topping. I replaced the processed white flour to make it gluten-free and opted for natural sugars over refined ones. I took out a good chunk of the oil/fat associated with making a traditional crumble, too, making this a total weeknight favorite! It doesn’t taste quite as buttery and over-the-top as what you might get at a restaurant, but we love that it’s a much healthier option.
And did I mention that summer-in-a-skillet part? Because that part–that part’s awesome. What better way to use ripe peaches and plums, am I right?
Stone Fruit Skillet Crumble for Two (Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)
- 1 large ripe peach , sliced
- 1 ripe plum , sliced
- 1 tablespoon butter (Earth Balance for vegan; coconut oil would work)
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar or maple syrup (depending on how tart your fruit is you might need a little more or a little less)
- pinch salt
- Crumble topping:
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon rolled oats
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon brown rice flour
- 2 tablespoons sucanat (coconut sugar would work)
- 1//4 teaspoon cinnamon
- dash salt
- 3 tablespoons butter , divided (Earth Balance for vegan)
Preheat oven to 350º.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in small cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add sliced fruit and sauté about 3 minutes, until softening. Add agave nectar and salt, taste, correct seasonings, and continue to sauté about 3 more minutes. You don't want the fruit to become totally soft but you want to get a little softening in.
Meanwhile, mix together all crumble topping ingredients except the butter. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter using two knives or a pastry blender or until resembles a coarse meal. Spread crumble topping over fruit in skillet.
Melt remaining tablespoon of butter and brush top of crumble with melted butter. Bake for about 15-18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before serving with ice cream.