School is coming to a close, which means I have tons of work to do. Ah! I have under 3 weeks of school left, but the day after I get out of school I'm leaving to go to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. It's one of my favorite places and the theater is wonderful. If you've never been, I recommend you go at some time in your life.
Then, just a few days after I get back from that, I'm off to Rhode Island to spend 6 weeks at the Rhode Island School of Design to study graphic design. I've never been more excited about anything in my whole life! I probably won't be baking much during those 6 weeks, so there won't be many/any new recipes. But I will try to update Pâtisserie Natalie with my graphic design work that I do in my classes, and other photography that I do.
I'm working on a baking project that I hope to show everyone at the end of the summer, but for now, enjoy this plum crumble with strawberry ice cream and the beginnings of summer!
For the strawberry ice cream, go to my Neapolitan Ice Cream Cakes.
200 grams unsalted butter, chilled
200 grams sugar
200 grams flour
100 grams roasted almonds
1 teaspoon salt
In a food processor, combine sugar, flour, and salt. Pulse several times to mix. Add almonds and pulse twice, just to break up the nuts. Add the butter in small cubes and pulse until crumble is sandy with small chunks of butter.
3 lbs prunes
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 F. Peel prunes, then cut into slices. In a medium bowl, combine sliced prunes, sugar, spices, and lemon juice. Toss until fruit is lightly covered. Let macerate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Pour into a 8" by 8" square glass baking pan.
Pour crumble topping on top and bake for 35 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the crumble is golden brown, darker towards the edges of the pan. Remove from oven and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving with homemade strawberry ice cream.
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