Saturday, 31 August 2013

Plums in Tums!

It's been great fun in the garden in recent weeks with all the yummy things we have been picking. This week, our lovely neighbour, Auntie Muriel, asked us to help pick the plums on her tree and said we could take as many as we liked. Daddy and Connor were very brave going up a high ladder and racing the wasps to the fruit. They managed to get lots as you can see from our picture! So, even after we shared them out with lots of people we still had loads leftover so needed a yummy recipe to make. Mummy chose a Plum Upside Down Cake from the clever Jamie Oliver (1) and it is properly deelish...

As usual, I need to inspect our pickings and ensure
they meet my strict quality control standards



Plum Upside Down Cake

INGREDIENTS

225g butter
225g caster sugar
4 eggs beaten with 3 tbsp milk
100g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g plain flour
50g unblanched almonds, chopped or bashed in a pestle and mortar

Topping
125g butter, plus extra for greasing
150g light brown soft sugar
600g plums or greengages, stoned, halved and cut into 1cm slices



This was only some of the plums
from Auntie Muriel's tree!
Serves 10

1. Start with the topping. Grease a 23cm-diameter round cake tin, then melt the butter in a pan. Stir in the sugar until the mixture is foamy and pale, about 2–3 minutes. (If it starts to separate, take it off the heat and keep stirring.) Pour into the cake tin and spread evenly. Arrange the plum slices in concentric circles over the topping, then put to one side.


Layer the sliced plums in the bottom of the greased
tin with the melted sugar and butter mixture
2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in a quarter of the eggs at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition. Stir in the ground almonds, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract. Fold in the flour, then stir through the chopped/bashed almonds. 

3. Pour the cake mixture over the plums. Place the cake tin on a baking tray and bake for about 1 hour or until golden and a skewer comes out clean. 4 Rest the cake on a wire rack for 2 minutes before sliding a knife around the edge to loosen it. Place your serving plate over the top of the cake and carefully invert onto the plate, avoiding any juices that may escape. Gently remove the tin and replace any dislodged pieces of fruit. Serve with custard, crème fraîche or ice cream.


The very pretty, yummy plum cake

Hope you love it as much as me!

There are lots of other lovely things you can do with plums from crumbles and chutneys to dipping sauces and jams. Plums can easily be frozen too - just cut in half, remove the stone and lay them on a baking tray with cling film over them. Once frozen, bag them and they will keep all winter and won't all be stuck together in one big lump! Ta dah! Yummy cakes at Vialii Towers all winter, yay! 


Or of course you can just eat the plums!
Hugs & kisses,

Lulu xx

1. I have a friend called Jamie and a friend called Oliver. They are brothers and are very cute. For boys ;)