It hasn’t been very autumnal, we have had a glitch in the weather system today with it reaching 23 blinking degrees. Back to 15 tomorrow, which I am pleased about!

On with the autumn theme though, (actually are plums autumnal or are they late summer? I should probably know this!) and I have made some lovely stewed plums with apple and cinnamon.  They are so cheap to buy and if you are cooking  or stewing them it doesn’t matter whether they are ripe or not. 

Plums always remind me of my childhood.  Firstly my grandparents down in Somerset had a big old plum tree in their country garden. I used to hate eating al fresco as the amount of wasps that were attracted to the windfall from this damn tree was the stuff of nightmares – I can remember one year a swarm of hornets!

Secondly my German grandparents always used to have afternoon tea. My Omi would bring out the most amazing cakes with bowls of whipped cream, the table was groaning under the weight of it all.  One of my favourites was pflaumenkuchen, a doughy cake with spiced plums on top with a big dollop of whipped cream on the side.

These stewed plums are far more healthy and really warming.  They can be quite tart so I serve them with Greek yoghurt and Italian almond biscuits, crushed and sprinkled on top.

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This makes enough for 4

6 plums

2 apples 

1 tea cinnamon 

1 tea mixed spices

2 tablespoon brown sugar

1 bayleaf 

1 teaspoon lemon juice 

200 ml water 

De- stone  your plums and cut in to pieces.

Peel and chop your apples.

Place them all in a saucepan over medium heat and cook for 20 – 25 until they are tender.

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