Tuesday, 23 August 2011

More Plum Recipes

The first is a bit of a cheat as I said other than jams and chutneys,but for a really nice jam if you put
100gm elderberries to every
900gm plums
it gives you a really nice jam

Plum Pie
 275g plain flour
75gm cold butter
50g cold trex
2floz water
900gm plums
Grated rind of lemon
1tbsp fresh lemon juice
175g sugar
3tbsp quick cooking tapioca(soaks the juice up)
1/2tsp ground cinnamon
1/4tsp grated nutmeg

Sift flour,add butter and fat and rub until you have coarse breadcrumbs,stir in just enough water to bind.Make 2 balls and wrap and chill in fridge for about 20mins
Roll out and line 9" pie dish
Halve and stone the plums,chop roughly,mix all the filling ingredients then put into pasry case.
Roll out remaining pastry and cover dish remember to pierce top and decorate with any remaining pastry
Brush with milk and bake for 15mins Gas 7,reduce to Gas 4 and bake for a further 30-35mins

Plum & Port Sorbet
900gm red plums stoned and halved
75gm castor sugar
3tbsp water
3tbsp ruby port
Sweet biscuits to serve
Place plums,sugar and water into a saucepan,stir until sugar is dissolved,cover and simmer for 5 mins until fruit is soft
Blend into a puree until smooth,stir in port or wine.
Cool completley then tip into plastic container and freeze until firm around the edges(I usually leave it for 1.5hrs.whisk until smooth again and put back into freezer until solid
Allow to soften slightly at room temperature before serving with sweet biscuits

This is Dahlia 'floorinoor' again given to me by a really nice gardening friend who ordered 5 and did not need that many.Unfortunately hers were killed last winter so I have taken some cuttings,you can take Dahlia cuttings any time of the year.Most say they are best taken early spring when they first emerge

I take them all through the summer by just taking cuttings from the side shoots,try and take them without flower buds,insetr 3 around the edge of a 3" pot in  multi purpose compost,sit the pot in some water for 10 mins and put a bottle over the pot.I tend to use bottles rather than plastic bags as they tend to make too much condensation this time of year and end up collapsing.I use a 1ltr plastic bottle with the bottom cut off,if there is too much codensation in the bottle unscrew the lid.

1 comment:

  1. I like the sound of the sorbet thing... yummy. Probably because it's 35 degrees here and I'd put myself in the freezer if it was physically possible! XXX