Sunday, 26 October 2008

Plum and Apple Crumble

Finally back to blogging after a little computer annoyance! Though, I am happy now that I have broadband. So much has happened over the past few weeks, many ups and downs, so in some ways it has probably been a blessing that I had no p.c. I don't know where to start, so I will start with a little autumn warming dessert recipe. I have tried this a few times over the past few weeks and its a bit of a winner in my home, so took a few photos of the creation.

With the price of food shooting through the roof, I am trying to be resourceful with what I can find in the garden. We have a glut of cooking apples and eating apples, therefore my recipe is for Apple and Plum Crumble. The plums are one of the few fruits which are quite cheap in the shops.

This is a dish that anybody can make, and even easier if you have a mini master chef with you to make the crumble.

Now, everyone wash your hands, pop on an apron and pay attention

Can serve 8 (or in my case 1)

8 fresh dark plums, cut in half and stones removed

8 cooking apples, fresh from the tree, or bottom of the tree


cinnamon stick

glass of red wine

4tbsp of caster sugar


100g butter

100g brown sugar

200g plain flour

Pre-heat the oven to 200 c /gas mark 6

Saute the plums and apples with the butter for a few minutes. Add a teaspoon of nutmeg, the cinnamon stick, red wine, sugar and 50ml of water, then bring to the boil and simmer for about 8 minutes.

As the fruit breaks down to a thick, syrup like texture, place in an ovenproof dish. I am putting some in a large dish and some in a little individual dish (so I can take one to my mothers)

My son is always more than pleased to measure the ingredients, sift the flour and make the crumble.

Sprinkle the crumble over the fruit and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
This is a before photo, just to show you how sweet the crumble is as an individual portion, in my 1970's dish I bought from a charity shop.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly, before serving with custard, ice-cream or cream. I have opted for cream today. This is such a lovely comfort food and with the cinnamon and nutmeg, you have this glorious warm homely aroma wafting around the house, which make the dark early evenings seem a little cosier.

Friday, 3 October 2008


Blog Tag

I am IT!! Deborah from the gaudygoddess has tagged me. I suggest you visit her blog at and see her lovely blog and her 6 secrets!! Now I am IT, I have to tell you my secrets!

The idea of this game is to learn something new about our blog friends, I have to list 6 secrets about myself and those who I have tagged will divulge 6 unknown facts about themselves.

I may regret this later!

1) I was asked to leave the church choir,(must of been about 11 years old) due to my appalling voice and diplomatically asked if I would like to be a church server. I stopped attending church from that point.

2) I was a proud Brownie with an arm and a half of badges!

3) I have always had a burning desire to run the London marathon. I have got to do it before I am 40 - so I have a few years left! I expect I could start training after I have got rid of this chesty cold. I have run half marathons, but I really want to do the big one!

4)I have an O.C.D with cleaning. I have not actually been diagnosed, but I seem to spend a lot of time doing it. I blame my mother , shes always cleaning! It dose not matter how much time I spend sorting, tidying and cleaning ; it,s a mess!

5)Career- Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a vet, but I was never a straight A student in the science area, which is what you need to be! (I used to set up charity sales when I was at junior school to raise money for the PDSA.)Even if I studied now it would take far to long to qualify (and a lot of money).

6) I do not want to spend my entire life in England and wish to live and experience other parts of the globe! I would so love to live in another country, just for 1 year, while the children are young just so they can have that experience.

That's me done!:)

now my turn to tag (he he)

I am tagged the following blogs :