What could be more Cottage Cozy than a plum pie? We have a lovely, ancient plum grove just east of the Cottage, and not only is is a wonderful place to play, this year we had a bumper crop of Italian Prune Plums!
I’ve been preserving plums like crazy, but there’s just so many, why not make some pies too!
Italian prune plumbs grow very well in my region (Inland Northwest Washington State), and they require no special care or irrigating or anything! They are remarkably sweet when ripened on the branch, yet their skins hold a sharp tartness which makes for one amazing pie!
If you don’t have Italian prune plums available to you, you can use whatever kind of plum you can get your hands on. Just keep in mind that they may have varying degrees of sweetness, and you should adjust your recipe to the desired level of sweetness you prefer.
You’ll need a pie crust for this pie of course! My Lard Pie Crust is absolutely perfect for this simple, country pie. It’s flakey and crisp and rustic and wonderful!
I chose to weave a little beautiful top, then make a braided crust around the edge. Cause you know I like things to be pretty!
A light egg wash on the crust just before baking is what made this pie so richly golden colored! Isn’t she lovely? Some bright plum juices came oozing out during the baking, and I don’t mind at all. I think they look like the yummiest part, rustic perfection!
The full, very easy instructions are in the printable recipe below, which is pretty enough to hang on your fridge! I served this pie with some whipped cream, sweetened with a bit of maple syrup. Can’t beat it!
Have fun baking, and let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever made a country plum pie before!