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Orchard Fruit Slump

Orchard Fruit Slump
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Total Time: 35

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

A slump is a fruit dessert made in a skillet and topped with sweet biscuits. It's a variation on cobbler (which is often cooked in a baking dish). Meanwhile, a grunt is a slump cooked in a covered pot on the stove so that the steam cooks the biscuits.

Note: You can substitute any fruit, as long as the total volume is 6 cups. If your fruit is particularly juicy, reduce the water by 1/2 cup.

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For the filling:


  • 3 cups peaches, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch wedges (see Note)
  • 1-1/2 cups cherry halves
  • 1-1/2 cups plums, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


Preheat oven to 400°. Toss fruit with brown sugar, flour, juice, and ginger. Pour into a 10- to 12-inch cast-iron pan. Put in oven for about 15 minutes.

For the topping:


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup salted butter, melted
  • Cinnamon sugar


Meanwhile, make the biscuit dough: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and sugar. Add beaten egg, milk, and melted butter, stirring just until moist. Don't overmix.

Remove fruit from oven and drop dough onto fruit, forming about 8 mounds. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake until biscuits are lightly browned and juices are bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes.

Updated Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

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