This plum crostata was a long time coming. I have a plum tree in the backyard but had not eaten one of its plums for years. About five years ago, a well-meaning friend, just wanting to help me with my pruning, pruned every single fruit-bearing branch off the tree. Every. Single. One. Only a few of the largest branches remained. Oh dear, I know it's only a tree, but I was crestfallen. As my brother carried off the piles of cut branches, I sat on the worn porch step and wondered whether it would ever come back. Tears were shed...I am not gonna lie.