You braise the fennel wedges in chicken stock and melted butter (it would entirely appropriate to replace some of the stock with wine, should you have a bottle open), and once they easily yield to the tip of a paring knife, you top them with a topping made from breadcrumbs, grated cheese, and lemon. Baked up in the useful and beautiful umber stoneware dish from Anolon, the finished dish is outrageously fragrant, lovely enough to share with company, and quite delicious.
Marisa McClellan is a food writer, canning teacher, and dedicated farmers market shopper who lives in Center City Philadelphia. She is the author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round and Preserving by the Pint: Quick Seasonal Canning for Small Spaces. Find more of her jams, pickles, and preserves (all cooked up in her 80-square-foot kitchen) atfoodinjars.com.
Articles & Recipes by Marisa McClellan
This particular crepe batter is one of my favorites, as the rye flour keeps it tender, and the minimal amount of sugar means you can use it to wrap both sweet and savory fillings. When paired with the buttery apple compote, they work for breakfast (top with plain yogurt), lunch (cottage cheese!) or dessert (a spoonful of softly whipped cream).
So often, plums are paired with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. While those are entirely delicious couplings, consider branching out and spiking your plums with cardamom this summer. Using in small amounts, it gives the plums fragrance and subtle flavor. It is certain to become both a ready favorite for gift giving and your morning toast.
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