Thursday, 20 February 2014

Bubble Gum Plums from South Africa and Creamy Custard from Cornwall

Lovely plums!

A delicious present from South Africa, these Flavour King plums are so unusual, deep red flesh with an unusual bubblegum flavour. Sometimes that can be a little too prominent a flavour when they are raw (although if you love bubble gum you'll love these...) but they are just gorgeous cooked. They hold their shape but soften into juicy globes.

I do look forward to South African fruit, their stone fruit in particular is so delicious, and comes through at a time when our homegrown fruit is at its nadir, with only apples really holding their own. I don't mind buying imported fruit when it is in season at its growing point, I think that farmers all over the world deserve support.

I wanted a simple dessert to have with some equally delicious Rodda's custard. Crumble is easy, simple and very tasty. This is simpler than most, using caramelised biscuit crumbs for the crumble part, with a few walnuts for added crunch.

So: cut a couple of large plums (Flavour King if you can find them, but any plums are delicious) and stone and quarter them. Pop into an ovenproof dish, fitting the pieces in tightly.

Crush some Lotus biscuits (or any other sweet caramelised biscuits you like) and sprinkle over the plums. Top with some slivers of butter (Rodda's creamy salty butter for preference, but otherwise whatever you have in the butter dish..) and a handful of crushed walnuts.

Bake for 20 minutes at mark 6

serve with cold, luscious Rodda's creamy custard....

In a hurry? 

Then this fast and dirty version is for you... just zap the plums in the microwave for 1 minute, top with the crushed biscuits, a good slug of custard, and then a sprinkle of granola  ( I used my favourite Lizi's Treacle and Pecan).  Eat in front of the telly. Betcha it only takes you 5 minutes tops from chopping the plums to wiping your sticky lips..

Note:  I received the plums, custard and granola as gifts, but all comments and recipe are unpaid for and my own opinion

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