Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Free Food

As you may have gathered I am a willing student when it comes to trying to grow my own food. However, I am still very much at the infant stage yet. So, imagine my surprise (and envy) when I discovered that my sister (the one who I am trying to convert into a green way of thinking) has plums growing in her garden. Not just 1 or 2 but a whole tree full. She couldn't understand how excited I got over some plums. Of course I was to help myself by all means, as long as I didn't expect my sister to help pick them off - too many creepy crawlies might be lurking about.

My bounty that I have decided to make Plum pudding with.

I used an oblong tin to bake this in.

  • Roughly 6 plums halved - stones removed.
  • 150g sieved self raising flour
  • 175g marg or butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 2tbsp ground almonds
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2tsp vanilla extract

    Preheat oven to gas mark 4.
    Add a sprinkling of sugar to a pan with 2tbsp of water.
    Bring to boil then bring to a simmer and add plums cut side down.
    Simmer for 3 minutes.
    Spoon plums cut side down into your tin and pour over what juice is left in pan.
 Add all other ingredients to a bowl and use food mixer to mix until creamy.
 Then pour over plums.
 Put in oven and bake for 35-45 minutes.
I served this with single cream.  Absolutely delicious.

I had never made this before but will definitely be adding this to my list of favourites.


  1. That sounds delicious, and so simple.

    If you get lots of plums off your sister make some plum jam, we are still eating some that I made last year, it's gorgeous and it can also be used as a sauce to go with roast duck.

    Sue xx

  2. That sounds so yummy! Lucky you for getting in on the fresh plums :)
    Sarah xo

  3. I bought a punnet of Victoria plums today, but I am only now realiing that I could have cooked them. They're mostly eaten...

    1. Thank you for clarifying the name of them. I'm still learning the different varieties, amateur that I am. To me a plum was just a plum x

  4. So lucky to have access to free plums - so many trees haven't produced fruit this year due to late frosts :(

    I love victorias and am eating loads at the moment - sadly having to buy them as my usual sources have no fruit :(

    1. This tree has produced an abundance of them and I don't want to see them go to waste. If anyone has any more ideas on storage and cooking please let me know.

    2. Jam, chutney...and gin [use cheapo stuff from aldi as the base]

    3. ....and after you've soaked them in Gin (or Brandy) and made your drink for Xmas still use the fruit for making jam. Alcoholic Jam....it's wonderful stuff...hic. hic, seriously it has a great flavour, I do this every year with Damsons and Strawberries!

      Sue xx

  5. oh fresh engish plums- doesn't get much better than that!
    At the moment I'm on a beetroot cook-in

  6. looks delicious - I could just eat some now- I will have to go and buy some just to try it out.