Plumdiddlyumptious!

We picked our last bounty of plums last week from our little plum tree.

We’ve been enjoying lots of delicious plum crumbles over the last month but, as the last batch were so ripe and weren’t going last more than a day or two, I decided to simply stew them.  I absolutely adore stewed plums!  I could easily eat them morning, noon and night… although that probably wouldn’t be a wise move. 😉  

To stew them, I simply cut them up (leaving the skins on), added them to a saucepan with a little water (about 1/4 cup) and let them gently simmer for 10 minutes.  After this time, I mixed in a little Sweet Freedom fruit sweetener.

As we had such a huge batch of stewed plums, I decided to freeze a few portions, and refrigerate the rest for desserts and smoothie juices.  We made this gorgeous fruit puree, by blending the stewed plums along with some stewed blackberries.  (We foraged the blackberries during a bike ride along the Bristol & Bath Railway Path).  I sieved the puree to remove the pips, then used the puree to make fruity desserts and smoothies.  

To make fruity yoghurt, I simply mixed some of the plum and blackberry puree into a bowl of natural soya yoghurt.  The first time he tried it, Lil’ L polished off the bowl and then exclaimed “this is plumdiddlyumptious!” 🙂  This week, he’s been taking little pots of the yoghurt in his lunchbox to school (great way to get some more fruit into him. 😉 )

To make the smoothie, I simply whizzed the plum & blackberry puree in a blender along with a handful of ice cubes.  It was absolutely delicious!  I felt like I was zinging with vitamins after downing a glass of this. 😉

Well, the plums are coming to an end… but the apple tree is laden with ripe fruit.  Time to get creative again!

I’d love to know what your favourite plum recipe has been this year.

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4 Responses to Plumdiddlyumptious!

  1. I have eaten not a single plum this year…although I feel VERY inspired after having read your post (although due to the season being late I might have to wait until next year). The smoothie looks so refreshing and the yoghurt would be a terrific treat for my kids, as it is one of their favorite things to eat.
    As for the apples you are getting ready to harvest so MANY things could be made (apple pie, apple butter, apple sauce, apple cake, apple bread…the list could go on and on). I can’t wait to see what you cook/bake up!

  2. David Green

    There is so much fruit this year!

    Just walking a short distance along the lanes and we find apples, cherry plums, blackberries, sloes, elderberries etc.

    If only I still made wine!

    Crumble is a cloe second though! 🙂

  3. I wonder if the abundance of fruit is due to the warm sunny weather we had very early in the year? Whatever the reason, we should enjoy it and make the most of it. It looks beautiful, tastes delicious, is packed with goodness … and it’s FREE! Definitely my favourite sort of food 😉

  4. We haven’t had a single plum on our tree this year! There was no blossom at all during the spring. I’m going to miss the plum compotes and crumbles 🙁

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