Plum Slump recipe. Sweet fresh plums simmered with a dumpling topping. An Americana dessert that's relaxed and delicious! -

Plum Slump

Plum Slump is a fantastic, relaxed dessert to ease into fall. The combination of fresh simmered plums and a sweet biscuit topping is homey and easy to make. Since this recipe was originally shared as part of a Guest Post in the UK, I'm including a a conversion chart for those outside the U.S. to adapt the measurements. Gluten-free or gluten flour may be used.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy plum dessert recipe, plum grunt, plum slump
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 251 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 3 cups plums , pitted and sliced
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup water*
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour (regular or gluten free)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter , cold
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk


  1. In a large sauce pan combine the plums, water and ½ cup sugar. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and reduce to simmer on low heat.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, remaining sugar (1/4 cup), baking powder, cinnamon, salt. Add butter cutting it into the flour mixture with handheld pastry blender or a dull kitchen knife until resembling crumbs.
  3. Add buttermilk to flour mixture and stir just until lightly mixed. Do not over mix.
  4. Spoon small mounds of dumpling dough on top of the simmering fruit mixture (remember it will ‘slump’ together to cover the mixture). Simmer covered until a toothpick inserted into the dumplings comes out clean about 15-20 minutes. Note: dumplings will cook through but will remain softer in texture. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

*should you want to experiment a bit, substituting a light dessert wine for some or all of the water would add some unique flavor to the plum mixture.

Nutrition Facts
Plum Slump
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 115mg5%
Potassium 231mg7%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.