Three-Ingredient Pluot Crisp Inspired by Sara Moulton

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 7, 2013

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You don’t have to do much to perfectly ripe Pluots to make them into a deliciously special seasonal dessert.

Perhaps a bit of a coax in the oven with two cheater tricks to speed along preparation – jarred preserves to sweeten the fruit and ready-made granola for the crispy top. After all, what is granola but oats, brown sugar, flour and fat? That’s basically what you would put in a homemade topping for crisp, so you might as well take the easy way out.

I picked up this trick from the clever Sara Moulton, whose new cookbook, “Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners” (Simon & Shuster; $35) has wormed its way onto my required kitchen reading list this week.

You know Sara; she is professional chef, TV chef and former executive chef of Gourmet magazine for 23 years. More importantly for us, she’s also a wife and mother, and tasked with getting dinner on the table every night. Just like us.

I have bookmarked a bunch of things already, from Ground Turkey and Mint Lettuce Wraps, to Polenta Crostini with Tapenade, and Chicken with Fresh Tomato, Orange and Olive Sauce. How great does Reuben Pizza sound? I am going to make her Rustic Potato and Greens Pie as soon as I pick some greens, and I think her Cheesy Corn Soufflé with Poblanos and Black Beans is going to be a hit at my neighborhood girlfriend group soon.

Three-Ingredient Pluot Crisp on Shockingly DeliciousBut right now, with a plethora of Pluots, this perfect thing just came out of my oven.


Check out my recipe, and thanks to the publisher, I’ll be giving away a copy of the cookbook to one lucky reader. You can read about the giveaway below the recipe, and please join our Twitter chat on Sunday (info at bottom).

Recipe: Three-Ingredient Pluot Crisp

Summary: Sweet and tart, the season’s best Pluots (part plum, part apricot) are perfectly topped with granola for a comforting crisp.


  • Honey Bunches of Oats Granola1/2 cup apricot preserves (I used Bonne Maman, my favorite brand)
  • 2 pounds Pluots, about 7-8 (I used Green Fuji Pluots from Phillips Farms)
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups granola (I used Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted Granola)


  1. Heat oven to 350F degrees. Mist a shallow 6-cup baking dish and set aside. Melt preserves in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove.
  2. Wash and dry Pluots. Slice each fruit into 6-8 slices, discarding pits.Three-Ingredient Pluot Crisp on Shockingly Delicious
  3. Toss fruit slices with preserves and a pinch of salt in the baking dish, and spread them out to make an even layer.Three-Ingredient Pluot Crisp on Shockingly Delicious
  4. Sprinkle the granola evenly over the fruit.
  5. Cover the dish loosely with a sheet of greased aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for about 15 minutes more, until Pluots are tender. Serve warm or cold.
  6. Serves 6


Inspired by “Three Ingredient Apple Crisp” in the new book, “Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners.”


Simon & Shuster provided a review copy of the book, as well as the giveaway copy; Melissa’s Produce sent the Pluots for recipe testing.

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Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 6
Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)


Sara Moulton's Everday Family DinnersUPDATE: The cookbook winner is Bara L. from Knoxville, Tenn.  Thank you all for entering. It is such fun to give away fantastic cookbooks! 

I will be giving away a copy of the book to a lucky reader in the U.S.(sorry, no overseas addresses). I will select a winner in 6 days (giveaway ends Friday, July 12 at noon PST.). Read the legal fine print here.

To participate in the giveaway you may do any of the following, and each is considered a separate entry, so leave a separate comment for each one you do.

Giveaway closes Fri., July 12 at noon PST.; a winner will be announced by Monday, July 15.

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