Sunday, September 19, 2010
Standing on ladders in jammies and wellies
Early morning mist after the first real frost of the autumnal season found me clambering up a ladder precariously balanced against the ivy covered trunk of the plum tree in a last attempt to get the few fruit left right on the edges of the thinest highest branches.
Of course the neighbour drove past at that point and of course he stopped to offer his advice.
I mean honestly, clad in my Mickey Mouse jammies, half way up a ladder, in Thea's wellies - did I look like I needed advice?
Plum Cake (with some added blackberries because they were there)
90g softened butter
pinch of salt
teaspoon of vanilla extract
150g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder/levure chimique
750g soft fruit
Preheat the oven to 200°C and grease and flour a pie dish.
Cream the butter and sugar together, add the vanilla, salt and eggs, then sift in the flour and baking powder gradually, whisking continuously.
Spoon out the thick cake mixture into the dish and press your fruit of choice gently into the top, aprictos, cherries and halved peaches all work really well in this, just use whatever fruit you have to hand and in season.
Bake in the oven until golden on top for about 30 minutes.
Turn out onto a wire rack to cool, or alternatively - once again, drive like mad to the place you have been invited to with the hot cake on the back seat of the car and present to your hosts still in its dish, then hope that they will be so entranced with the flavour that they won't notice the unorthodox presentation.