4 tablespoons butter, divided
1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced, skin on
1 Fuji apple, thinly sliced, skin on
2 red plums, thinly sliced, skin on
1½ ounces Now Foods crystallized ginger, diced fine
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Bron's Bees honey, divided
1 clove garlic
Salt and pepper
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon flour
¾ cup Rice Krispies cereal finely crushed, plus ½ cup coarsely crushed
2 tablespoons sugar plus more for garnish
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium sauté pan over medium low heat. Add fruit, ginger, ¼ cup honey, garlic, salt, pepper and cook until fruit is very tender but not mushy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary and cook 3 to 4 minutes more or until mixture is perfumed.
Gently whisk in flour and stir to thicken a bit. Turn heat to low simmer.
For the topping: Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan. Add crushed cereal, 2 tablespoons honey and salt. Set aside.
Remove garlic and rosemary from fruit. Place 2 to 3 ounces of mixture in each of four ramekins. Sprinkle with topping and then 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar. Using a kitchen torch, brulee the tops until deep brown and crunchy.
Dan Rich, Elgin, 2013 Cook of the Year