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.