I've never been one (up to now) to cook or bake what's in season, I tend to do what I fancy. However, plums are in season and very reasonably priced. So, keen to seize the plum (see what I did there!), I set too and dug out my trusty Preserves book.
Plum butter - yep, I fancied some of that. Having made Apple Butter a little while ago and established that there was no sign of butter (I'm intolerant to dairy), I had a stab at making some, and boy was it worth it. Yesterday was the turn of the plum. It's quite simple really - sugar, water and fruit pulp which you boil until thick. I'm not sure why fruit butter is called fruit butter, but you do get a lovely intense fruitiness - I added some spices for extra flavour.
I halved the quantities and got 2 jars from 750g of plums.
Some of the left over plums was turned into a crumble. My Good Food calendar has a scrummy recipe for Maple Plum Crumble. I also dug out an easy recipe for Plum Cake. So, for £2.00 worth of plums, it actually turned into a thrifty weekend!
Always keen to keep my website uptodate with new goodies, I used some pretty fabrics for some 'vases full of hearts' which I then framed. All being well, hubby will get it added to the website today. I know I've got to make some Christmas goodies to add on, but I just can't bring myself to think about Christmas yet, especially when the weather was as glorious as it was yesterday.
I'll leave you with a picture of our resident 'fungus'. It's been growing steadily over the last week or so and we've all been fascinated by it, so I thought I'd share it! Unfortunately during the night it took a tumble so you can only see the top of it.